Support Services for Adults

Adults

Adult Mental and Physical Wellbeing

You should speak to your doctor if you are concerned about your or someone else’s metal and physical wellbeing. There are a range of support services available to support people with health concerns. We have listed a number of services available to adults below. You should call triple zero (000) if you are worried about someone harming themselves or others.

DIAGNOSTIC OPTIONS 

Adult Mental Health Services

Adult Mental Health Services look after the mental wellbeing of adults. Most are based within hospitals or community health centres. These services provide a range of supports to people with mental health concerns and their families including crisis interventions (Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams- CATT), assessments, treatments, and rehabilitation services. For more information speak to your GP, contact your local health centre or click here.

Diagnostic Audiology Services

The Diagnostic Audiology Services providers Medicare subsidised services for a single audiological assessment. A referral by the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist is required to access this service. The service is aimed at patients with potential medical conditions (ear disease or related disorders), including patients whose hearing loss may be able to be corrected by surgery or medical interventions. The assessment can be made up of more than one service visit if they are used for a single audiological assessment. Provider needs to be registered with Medicare for this item. Medicare limits apply. Speak to your GP for a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. For more information, click here.

Group Allied Health Services for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

People with Type 2 Diabetes are eligible for a Medicare subsidised individual assessment and up to eight group sessions per calendar year with a Diabetes Educator, Dietitian and/or Exercise Physiologist to help you manage your diabetes. A GP referral is required to access this support. A provider needs to be registered with Medicare for this item. Medicare limits apply. For more information, click here. To find and compare your local providers search private services using our search engine.

Medicare Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

The Medicare Health Assessment gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children access to a primary health care that is matched to their needs. The assessment aims to provide early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions. For more information click here or speak to your GP.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is being rolled out throughout Australia over the next 3 years with the aim of making services tailored to individual needs of people with disabilities. As every person is different (disability or no disability), the main focus of the NDIS will be to provide person centred and person directed interventions. For more information on NDIS click here. To find and compare your local NDIS providers and services they offered please use our search engine. Remember, the NDIS is providing you with the opportunity to ask for and purchase services you want and need.

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan

Adults with a chronic condition, or a disability, can access up to 5 Medicare subsidised therapy sessions per year with an Audiologist, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Orthoptist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist and/or Speech Pathologist. Provider needs to be registered with Medicare for this item. Medicare limits apply. The CDM plan can be created by Paediatrician, Psychiatrist or GP. For more information, click here. To find and compare allied health professionals please search for private or NDIS services.

Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan

The Better Access to Mental Health Plan provides access to treatment services for adults with a clinically-diagnosed mental disorder. It provides access up to 10 Medicare subsidised individual therapy sessions and up to 10 group therapy sessions per year with an Occupation Therapist, Psychologist and/or Social Worker – provider needs to be registered for this item with Medicare. Medicare limits apply. Better Access to Mental Health Plans are created by GPs. For more information, click here. To find and compare your local providers please search for private or NDIS services.

Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) provides access to short-term interventions offering up to 12 individual or group therapy sessions (in exceptional circumstances, additional 6 services can be provided) in a calendar year with a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Nurse, ATSI Health Worker and/or Social Worker. A referral to the ATAPS can be made by your GP. A provider needs to be registered with Medicare for this item – Medicare limits apply. For more information, click here. To find and compare your local providers search private services using our search engine.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeopleFollow-up Health Services

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Follow-up Health Services program offers access to intervention services following a health assessment. Up to 10 follow up sessions per calendar year can be received with a Practice Nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner. For more information, click here or speak to your GP.

Medicare Follow-up Allied Health Services for People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Descent

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults can also access up to 5 allied health sessions with a range of allied health professionals following the health assessment. GP referral is required. For more information, click here or speak to your GP. To find and compare your local providers search private services using our search engine.

Pregnancy Support Counselling

The Pregnancy Support Counselling program offerns up to 3 non- directive pregnancy support counselling services to a person who is currently pregnant or who has been pregnant in the preceding 12 months. Services can be provided either by a GP or by a allied health professional such as a Psychologist, Social Worker or Mental Health Nurse on referral from a GP. Provider needs to be registered for this item with Medicare. Medicare limits apply. For more information, click here or speak to your GP. 

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

The Department of Veteran’ Affairs (DVA) provides a range of support services and products to current and former serving members and their families. The support can include home care, nursing care, medical aids, equipment and much more. For more information, please click here or contact DVA directly on 133 254.

 

 

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