Mental health problems can arise in response to a range of situations and circumstances throughout a person’s life. Sometimes people may experience acute or short-term problems from unexpected life stressors relating to health, work, study, family and relationships. They may notice changes in their behaviour, concentration, sleep and appetite and emotional and physical wellbeing in general. Others may experience chronic or long-term symptoms and conditions that affect their ability to function effectively in their day-to-day living and their general satisfaction with life. Sharing your struggles and seeking help is an important step toward improving your overall health and wellbeing.
Psychologists undergo extensive training to become registered in their field of work. They are required to complete a minimum of 6 years combined university education and training before they can be registered to work as a general or health psychologist. Most of our psychologists undergo further training completing a 2-3 year post-graduate qualification followed by a 2-year registrar program to be endorsed in the field of clinical psychology. Our psychologists are trained in diagnosis, psychometric assessment and treatment of a range of mental health disorders, including Learning and Developmental, Mood, Anxiety, Psychosis, Addiction and Personality Disorders.
PsychMed offers a confidential service within a caring and safe environment. Our psychologists use a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (BDT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Mindfulness-based Therapies.
PsychMed services are offered as individual and group consultations depending on the referral. Our range of services includes, but is not limited to:
- Adult General Mental Health
- Adult Specialised Mental Health Programs
- Gambling and Addiction Programs
- Child and Youth Mental Health
- Adult and Child Disability
- Forensic and Legal Assessments and Reports
Employee Assistance Program and Workplace Services
Most people who are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan through the Better Access to Clinical Psychology Medicare program can access our fee free individual clinical services. Mental Health Care Plans can be obtained from your general practitioner who will assess whether you meet the eligibility criteria. These plans provide up to 10 sessions in a calendar year, which at PsychMed are bulk billed (no additional gap charged) at each of our four locations.
Due to the high demand for services, we request that plans are sent to the desired location. Upon receiving the plan, a triage manager will recommend a number of clinicians with the skills and expertise to meet your specific needs based on the information provided in the plan. If you nominate particular psychologists we will try to meet your requests where possible; however, we may offer you an appointment with another psychologist to minimize waiting times or who may work in the required specific area, such as child, clinical, health, educational and developmental, forensic, gambling, alcohol and other drug, trauma, suicide prevention, organisational and relationships.
Some people prefer to self-refer as a private patient. Please enquire at reception for information on fees, which are determined by the individual psychologist. Rebates may be available through health insurance funds depending on type and level of cover.
Consultations relating to the following claims may be funded by the provider, which will need to be confirmed prior to booking the initial consultation:
- ReturntoWork SA (Work Cover)
- VVCS, Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA),
- Third Party Motor Vehicle (MVA)
Group and Other Funded Services
PsychMed also offers fee free indiviudal and group sessions as part of funded programs in specialised Adult Mental Health Services. These include:
- SA State Intensive Gambling Help Service (SAIGHS) – (Individual Sessions)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Trauma – (Individual and Group)
- Short Intervention Program for Suicide Attempters (SIPS) – (Individual)
- MATRIX Methamphetamine Treatment Program (Individual, Group and Family)
- ASSIST (Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test) (Individual)
- Alcohol and Other Drug Structured CBT Relapse Prevention Group (RPG) (Group)
If you are are wondering if you may need or benefit from any of PsychMed’s services, you may wish to complete the following short questionnaire (K10), which will determine your level of psychological distress and point you in the right direction.
The Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) has 10 questions relating to symptoms of anxiety and depression experienced in the last 4 weeks. Click on the link below to complete your self-assessment.
If English is not your first language the World Health Organisation (WHO) has adapted the K10 or K6 in a number of languages available on our help in other languages page.
If you are thinking seeking help, please take your self-assessment results to your GP for further discussion or contact PsychMed for more information.