There is Medicare help for patients suffering from perinatal depression and anxiety.
34 McLaren St North Sydney NSW 2060
1300 851 758
Provides free psychological services for mothers and fathers suffering perinatal anxiety and depression. Parents are eligible for up to 10 visits with a psychologist under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative.
Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative.
The Better Access initiative provides better access to mental health practitioners through Medicare.
The purpose of the Better Access initiative is to improve treatment and management of mental illness within the community. The Better Access initiative is increasing community access to mental health professionals and team-based mental health care, with general practitioners encouraged to work more closely and collaboratively with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, registered psychologists and appropriately trained social workers and occupational therapists.
New Better Access Telehealth Services
From 1 November 2017, the Better Access initiative will be expanded to include new Medicare items to allow patients in Modified Monash Model regions four to seven to access services through video conferencing.
A telehealth service is a psychological therapy service that is delivered via video conference where both a visual and audio link has been established between a patient and their treating allied health professional.
Better Access telehealth services can be delivered by clinical psychologists, registered psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers.
From 1 November 2017, the Better Access initiative will be expanded to include new Medicare items that allow people in Modified Monash Model regions four to seven to access up to seven of 10 consultations through video conferencing. It is a requirement that one of the first four sessions is delivered face-to-face to facilitate a personal connection with the treating allied health professional.
To find out if you are located in an eligible area, please visit the MMM locator