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Mental Health – General

    Emergency Services

    Mental Health Line: 24/7 telephone line which offers advice to individual and health professionals including in cases of acute emergency where care can be escalated. Call 1800 011 511.

    Lifeline: 24 hour crisis support for people of all ages.

    Local Health Services

    CESPHN Mental Health Services including psychology support for those at financial disadvantage:

    Black Dog Institute is based at the Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick and is a major research, education and service provider centre:

    CRUFAD is based at St Vincents Hospital and is a clinical research unit for Anxiety and Depression with a particularly good online program called This Way Up:

    Medicare Mental Health Care Plan

    “Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. This scheme provides considerable assistance to people living with mental health problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.

    Under this scheme individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder can access up to 10 individual and 10 group treatment sessions per year.”

    Eating Disorders Plan

    Eating Disorders Plans are available for patients with diagnosed Eating Disorders which allows up to 40 psychologist and 20 dietitian rebated sessions. Review is required every 10 psychologist sessions with a psychiatrist assessment for further psychologist sessions after 20 sessions. See the Butterfly Foundation for more info and general resources.