CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITHOUT A REFERRAL?
You do not need a referral for any of our services. A referral and mental health care plan is required if you wish to claim a rebate through Medicare. You will also need a confirmation that psychology services have been approved if you would like to claim through TAC or Workcare.
WHAT ARE YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY RULES?
Psychologists are bound by confidentiality. What is discussed in all sessions is strictly confidential, without your consent, your information will not be disclosed to anyone. However, under some circumstances, such as in situations where there may be potential harm to yourself or others, or if the law demands it, psychologists have a duty of care to disclose the information. We will discuss any concerns of this nature with you before disclosing to another part.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHIATRIST AND A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who have gone on to specialise in the field of psychiatry. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medications to treat mental illness.
Psychologists are not medical doctors and cannot prescribe medication. Psychological treatment typically involves 'talking therapies' designed to help people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, stress and work-related problems, life transitions and also people who have a been diagnosed with a mental illness. Depending upon what the issue is, some people will see both a psychologist and psychiatrist at the same time.
Both psychiatrists and psychologists must possess the required university qualifications and be registered with the Health Professionals Registration Board in their relevant state to be able to call themselves a psychiatrist or psychologist and to be legally able to practice.