Consultant Psychiatry Service that provides access to psychiatrists to people with severe and persistent mental illness as well as support to GPs in treating and managing the care of these consumers.
Eligibility: People living with severe and persistent mental health issues who require support from a psychiatrist, however currently face barriers in accessing psychiatrists, as well as their treating GP.
Services Available: Access to a consultant psychiatrist for both eligible patients and their treating GP. An appointment is typically 55 minutes which includes 40-45 minutes of therapy with the consumer and 10-15 minutes to support the GP with any care planning and prescriptions.
In addition, General Practices have access to capacity building sessions, including webinars. GPs may also contact the service for brief advice on patients already accessing the service.
The service is delivered as telepsychiatry, available to any general practice in South Western Sydney, as well as, face-to-face at the following practices:
- Wollondilly - Tahmoor Medical Centre
Your patient will be allocated to their nearest participating practice if you indicate they require face-to-face sessions.
Referral Pathways: Referral by GP and a GP mental health treatment plan is required following the first 3 sessions.
Referral forms for this service can be found under Health Professionals > Practice Support > Forms and Templates.
GPs can access the Consultant Psychiatry Service through the Mental Health Central Intake number, and fax.
Mental Health Central Intake
Enquiries 1300 797 746 (1300 SWS PHN)
All referrals fax to 4623 1796