Mental Health

GP partners Australia (GPpA) is funded to deliver mental health programs to meet the clinical needs of people with mental health issues. Referral is via a Mental Health Treatment Plan faxed to GPpA on 8227 2220.

All referrals are triaged by the Mental Health Clinicians employed by GPpA and the patient is then allocated to the most appropriate program for their needs.

The Mental Health Shared Care program aims to assist GPs in the treatment and management of patients under their care living with severe and/or complex mental health needs. This program provides a free clinical service that focuses on people with low prevalence, severe and complex disorders. This includes people who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing disorders such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Personality Disorders. The aim of the program is to assist GPs to manage their patient's mental health concerns, to improve collaboration between services with a primary focus of early intervention for people with emerging  severe mental illness and to help them function effectively in the community.  

GPpA does not provide emergency mental health care. Emergency information available here: Mental Health Emergency or Urgent Situation

Mental Health Shared Care Program

This program provides a free clinical service that focuses on people with low prevalence, severe and complex disorders. This includes people who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing disorders such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Personality Disorders. The aim of the program is to assist GP's to manage their patient's mental health concerns and to help them function effectively in the community.

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Mental Health Treatment Plan Form

ATAPS enables GPs to refer consumers via the Mental Health Treatment Plan to allied health professionals who deliver focused psychological strategies, including psycho-education; cognitive behavioural therapy (including behavioural interventions, cognitive interventions, relaxation strategies and skills training); and interpersonal therapy.

The Mental Health Treatment Plan can be downloaded here.