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This page reviewed and updated February 14, 2014  

ATAPS Program

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Forum - Physical Health and Serious Mental Illness.Wednesday 26th November 2014. Flyer.
Access To Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) Program
From July 1st 2012, any ATAPS enquiries should be directed to the Program Officers managing the ATAPS programs. Please find below their contact details. All of these people have substantial experience with the program and are keen to support you, the referring GPs and your clients. There may be a few bumps along the way while the systems get up and going so please be patient. You can rest assured that Zoi, Kay and Leah are working their hardest to get things rolling smoothly as quickly as possible.
ATAPS referrals from GPs in the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local catchment (Darebin, Banyule, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Hume) can be found on the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local website. Contact program Officers listed below.

  • GP Learning - Accessible learning for GPs by GPs brought to you by the RACGP. There are no GPLearning accredited MHST activities for 2011-2013 triennium.  
MH Outcome Tools 


North East Primary Mental Health Team (NEPMHT) Includes a Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Registrar, Clinical Psychologists & Psychiatric Nurses.

Role: Assist primary care providers (PCP) i.e. GPs and CHS Counsellors to continue to manage individuals with mental health issues in the primary care sector when this is appropriate.

Services offered: Primary Consultation - formal face-to-face interview with the identified patient at which diagnosis, formulation and management plans are developed and reported back to the referrer. The PCP remains the key service provider. Secondary Consultation - advice sought about an individual who is not directly seen by NEPMHT. NEPMHT Psychiatric Registrar can offer 'one-off' medical reviews for identified patients of a GP meeting criteria below.
Referral Criteria: Only accept referrals from PCPs practicing in Banyule and Nillumbik who wish to continue to manage the individual. We see individuals aged across the life span experiencing anxiety, depression, and other serious psychological distrubance. We do not provide case management or crisis interventions. Contanct NEAMHS Triage on 1300-859-789 to discuss this type of referral.

How to refer: No self-referrals. Referral accepted from PCP only by fax or phone. We operate Mon-Fri 9-5.

Contact details:
Postal: NEPMHT, PO Box 464, Heidelberg, 3084.
Phone. 9496-6489 (Referrals and general enquires - PCPs only)
Fax. 9496-4394
After Hours. 1300-859-789 (NEAMHS Triage, Option 3 for AMHS).

Referral Form for NE PMHT (pdf) - this form is designed to be printed and then hand-filled in. It IS NOT an MD template (Updated June 2010)

Community Health Services

GP and patient self referral are available. Patient will need to speak directly to the Intake Worker as part of the referral process.
Banyule CHS: West Heidelberg: Tel: (03) 9450 2000;
Nillumbik CHS: Eltham: Tel: (03) 9430 9100 or 9431 1333; Hurstbridge: Tel: (03) 9719 8000
Darebin CHS: Client Access and Referral Service: Tel: (03) 8470 1111
Austin Clinical & Health Psychology Department 
GP and Patient self referral are available. CBT for Infant Clinic & CBT for General Clinic for depression, anxiety and eating disorders with a small cost involved using a sliding scale of fees. Tel: 9496 4496

Available options for Psychiatric Services 

  • Contact North East Primary Mental Health Team (NEPMHT) duty phone to organise an Psychiatric assessment 0438 433 442 

Available options for Psychiatric Advice

  • North East Primary Mental Health Team (NEPMHT) 
    Available to all GPs in Banyule and Nillumbik
    Contact the NEPMHT duty phone 0438 433 442
  • Access to Psych Support (for non-urgent advice)
    Free patient management advise within 24 hours from psychiatrists.

    Once registered, submitting an enquiry to GP Psych Support is easy:

    Free Phone: 1800 200 588 where a call operator will transcribe your enquiry and submit on your behalf
    Free Fax: submit a completed faxback form along with any relevant attachments to 1800 012 422
    Webmail: Login to your account on this webpage by selecting "login" and then select new patient or existing patient to start your enquiry. If previously registered and you have misplaced your login details call 1800 200 588 to retrieve them.


Clinical Mental Health Resources
Links - Anxiety – social phobia, acute anxiety, panic attacks, OCD

Self help website - CRUfAD clinic is an Internet-based learning system that provides health and wellbeing courses for patients referred by their GP (General Practitioner) or other clinicians.

Links - Bushfire related resources

New Practitioner Guidelines for Acute Stress and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders - The Practitioner Guide developed by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. The guide includes recommendations on screening, assessment& diagnosis, early interventions and treatment. Additionally you can find a pdf version of the patient information booklet “Information for people with ASD or PTSD” 

Links - Depression including youth depression, suicide

  • Self help website - CRUfAD
  • Depression - Better Health Channel
  • SSRI antidepressant fact sheet for young people (pdf)
  • SSRI antidepressant fact sheet for parent/carer (pdf)
  • Suicide prevention contacts - helplines
    - For domestic violence counselling and referral... Confidential Line: 1800 156 789
    - For drug and alcohol related issues... Direct Line: 1800 888 789
    - For support for family members of people who misuse alcohol and other drugs... Family Drug and Alcohol Help: 1300 660 068
    - For counselling for loss and grief... Griefline: (03) 9596 7799 (12pm-3pm, 7 days a week)
    - For counselling for children and young people up to the age of 25... Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
    - For general telephone counselling... Lifeline: 131 114
    - For counselling for men with family and relationship concerns... Mensline Australia: 1300 78 99 78
    - For crisis counselling, support and information... SuicideLine (Victoria): 1300 651 251
    - For support for parents Parent’s Helpline (VIC) 13 22 89
    - For those affected by post and antenatal mood disorders, including partners and extended family members PaNDa Helpline 1300 726 306
    - For information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety related matters. Beyondblue Info line 1300 22 4636


 Other Resources

  • 1on1 Psychology - helping people of all ages to overcome challenges and engage with life (Flyer) - July 2014, pdf
  • Mental Health Advice Line -a front door to Victoria’s Mental Health Services for all Victorians. The Mental Health Advice Line is a new state-wide Victorian phone service that provides immediate, expert mental health advice from a registered mental health professional, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is not a crisis or counselling line or an emergency service. It operates like a ‘front door’ to Victoria’s Mental Health Services. It provides advice to Victorians of all ages and backgrounds across the spectrum of mental health issues, and helps callers link in with appropriate services. The Mental Health Advice Line is similar to the Victorian ‘NURSE-ON-CALL’ service. It will assist callers to determine the most appropriate mental health service to meet their needs, such as general practitioners, and community health centres, specialist psychiatric triage and emergency departments. Call 1300 280 737. Calls from anywhere in Victoria are charged at the cost of a local call (mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate). 

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 Adult, aged, child annd adolescent, diasability and rehabilitation

  • What catchment area is my patient in? - Search Mental Health services listed by suburb of patient for Child & Adolescent, Adult, Aged and Psychiatric Disability services. Providing contact details of all services.       

 North East Area Mental Health Service

Aged Persons Mental Health Teams

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

Statewide and Specialist Services

Psych Disability & Rehabilitation Support Services

 More Useful Links

  • CRUfAD - The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression is a group of researchers and clinicians concerned with anxiety and depression. CRUfAD is a joint facility of St Vincent's Hospital (Sydney) and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
  • Beyondblue - a website with accessible patient information about depression and anxiety
  • Mental Health Foundation of Australia (mood disorders support group)
  • ADAVIC- a website with useful information about Anxiety Disorders and support services in Victoria
  • Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria

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