In order to receive Medicare Australia rebates you must have a valid Medicare/concession card from Australian government. In addition,
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are experts in mental health. They gained their specialist qualification through minimum of ten years training after obtaining their basic medical degree. They specialise in assessing, diagnosing and treating mental disorders. They have a deep understanding of physical and mental health and interactions of body and mind. They provide person centred care aim at your recovery. Being doctors they are expert on medication and no medication therapies.
Psychologists are University Graduates who complete a Master’s Degree in Psychology. They assess, diagnose, and guide you through the psychological problems that you experience and the behavioural dysfunctions resulting from, or related to physical and mental health. In addition, they have a major role in the promotion of healthy behaviour, preventing unsuitable behaviours and improving your quality of life. They do not prescribe medications. Clinical Psychologists continue to complete additional three years academic studies and may be involved in research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health.
Geriatrician is a medical specialist doctor dealing with the health and care of the elderly, and diseases that affect them. If you or any of your loved ones are over 65 y, being treated by a geriatrician can make all the difference. The galactic assessment is a multidimensional, multidisciplinary assessment designed to evaluate an older person’s functional ability, physical health, memory and cognition. If necessary, they advise you about the power of Attorney, Will and driving ability.
a. After seen specialist doctor or a psychologist you are eligible for Medicare rebates provided you have a referral from your GP and you have a valid Medicare/Healthcare card.
i. To receive a rebate after seen a psychiatrist, Geriatrician, or other medical specialists – you need a referral letter addressed to the psychiatrist from your GP. Most GPs do referrals valid for 12 months. For chronic illness it is good to ask your GP for an indefinite referral.
ii. To receive a rebate after seen a psychologist– you need a referral letter and a GP mental Health Care Plan addressed to the psychologist. Please don’t forget to bring a copy of your Mental Health Care Plan to your first consultation
We are primarily a private practice so an out of pocket fee will apply. All fees are to be paid in full on the day of your consultation.
As a patient your symptoms will fit into one of these categories.
Contact us/meet the team to find out who will most fit in to your needs.
“After my baby’s birth I felt strange, very depressed and mostly perplexed. I can’t bond with my baby.”
Pregnancy, labour, and birth are significant life experiences that you will experience as a woman. and her partner will encounter. During this period there is extreme physical and emotional change comprising hormonal, psychological, and biological changes. With challenges of expanding family above changes and ongoing stressors can effect your nervous system. The birth of a new baby is expected to be a joyful milestone in a woman’s life therefore you may feel guilty to tell others that you are not well.
Postpartum depression and psychosis are severe and incapacitating mental illnesses. If untreated it may lead to suicide and infanticide. Please remember early detection and treatment are key to a full recovery. Seek help as soon as you notice any difference in your mood, attention, concentration or thought pattern.
“I worry about my son. He has no interest to play with friends. His communication is poor. I worry about autism.”
You might have heard of pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) such as Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. You may have observed your child having problems with socializing and communicating, trouble when a routine change, and repetitive movements and obsessive behaviours.
To make the diagnosis, our psychologists and psychiatrists observe the child. There will be parent interviews and questionnaires about the child’s behaviour patterns. There is no lab test for an autism spectrum disorder.
The key is to find out as soon possible if your child is on the spectrum. Your child needs many resources to reach his full potential. The sooner that starts, the better.
“Since his toddler days he has irritable mood. He is argumentative and it is so difficult when he is defiant behaviour. He can be vindictive and reckless. Nothing I do to help him works.”
Your child may be having a range of behavioural disorders typically starts in childhood. Oppositional Defiant disorders (ODD) is one that characterised by persistent disobedience or arguing with authority figures, such as teachers and parents. Conduct disorder (CD) in childhood involves antisocial behaviour patterns with no regards to consequences on others. Dysthymic Mood regulation disorders typically displays with extreme degree of uncontrollable and frequent rage episodes many times/week.
Seen a specialist as early as possible is important as these forms of behaviour causes significant disruption to child developing age appropriate role functions and skills. If untreated, prognosis is poor as antisocial behaviours continuing to adulthood. They may end up with illicit drug abuse/dependence and criminal conducts with marked deficits in social, educational, occupational, and home functioning.
“my child is smart. But he is unable to sit still. His teacher said he daydreams and get distracted easily.”
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) is a condition that affects a young child’s behaviour and learning. Children with ADHD often have difficulty concentrating (are easily distracted) and are impulsive and overactive. These children needs pharmacotherapy such as stimulant medication (Dexamphetamine, Methyl Phenidate or long acting preparations) with psychological therapy.
“I can’t remember sometimes. I parked the car in the shopping mall that I go often. Then I couldn’t remember which level.”
With advancing age, we all have age related issues. Changes in the brain with age can cause memory loss. Dementia is the term used to describe manifestations of brain changes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but there are other types of dementia too. It is possible to have more than one type of dementia at the same time. Others include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and alcohol related dementia.
It is important to see a specialist early in your memory problems. Dementias can be progressive and planning your life according to the stage of progression is important.
Your specialist will discuss with you about memory enhancing treatment such as Donepezil, Galantamine, Memantine. There are many other ways that quality of life can be maintained in old age. Our geriatrician will assess the impact of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsonism disease, heart and lung conditions and general physical health.
Our specialised psychological therapy programs about “living with memory loss” includes carers and it certainly reduced the burden of care givers.
In old age there are many physical illnesses contributing to your brain functions. Our specialist geriatricians work with and psychologists and our psycho-geriatricians (psychiatrists who specialised in old age). This means you will get the best possible care in one place.
“I lost my mojo lately. I lost interest and I can’t anymore. It is hopeless some time? May be old age getting to me.”
Depression is NOT a normal part of aging. Depression can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter your background or your previous accomplishments in life. In old age retirement, the death of loved ones, declining health, financial issues, loneliness, isolation, medical issues all trigger an episode of biological depressive disorder.
You need to seek help early and make an appointment with our Psychogeriatrician. No matter what challenges you face as you age, there are steps you can take to feel happy and hopeful once again and enjoy your golden years of late life because very affective treatment is available for you.
“I have to appoint my power of attorney and my will. I worry about my children arguing about my capacity. They told me that I can’t drive. I don’t want to listen.”
At Mind Connections our specialist can provide you Medico-legal Evaluation Reports clearly stating you can give informed consent for your needs, health care and financial matters. Our specialists specifically will comment on impact due to range of medical diagnoses including depression & psychiatric disorders, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, systemic illness and other neuro degenerative disorders.
Our specialists will also guide you regarding carer issues, how to support members of your family if you are keen to do so. Our specialists will facilitate you making best possible decision regarding power of attorney, your will.
We will do medico-legal evaluation about your capacity to drive. Should there be problems we will guide you how best to address such issues with dignity preserving your autonomy.
“My brother who is intellectually disabled lives in a shared group home. He cannot speak and he is in a wheelchair. We want to organise specialist appointment to review his behaviour and the medication.” It is easy. Most group home managers have contacts with us via telehealth video platforms. Ask the manager at your group home to schedule an appointment with us through the most convenient way to them. We are happy to guide the staff about how to organise telehealth sessions with our specialist.
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