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Mental Health and Wellbeing


Anyone seeking mental health support regarding the impact of the spread of COVID-19 can see a doctor face-to-face or access telehealth advice.

29 May 2020:

Beyond Blue have revised their tools available to support essential workers. Read more >

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30 April 2020: 

PROTECTING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING AS A HEALTHCARE WORKER - BEYOND BLUE  

It is especially important for health care workers to look after themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic and they may feel extra stress during this time. This is a normal response in these unprecedented circumstances. Such feelings are not a sign of weakness and it’s important to acknowledge this. Read more > 

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HEAD TO HEALTH

Head to Health can help you find digital mental health services from some of Australia's most trusted mental health organisations. Provided by the Australian Government Department of Health, this resource brings together apps, online programs and phone services that offer counselling, domestic violence support and other official COVID-19 information. If you're trying to improve your own mental health, or support someone else with mental health issues, you can find out more.
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ESSENTIAL CONTACTS

People can also contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800, Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636, Mensline on 1300 789 978, 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Head to Health on headtohealth.gov.au

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CONNECTING ONLINE

To stay in touch during COVID-19 restrictions, download free video conferencing and communication apps such as Zoom or Skype on your mobile, tablet or PC.

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NEW COVID-19 APP

The Federal Government has launched an official mobile phone information service, Coronavirus AustraliaThe App provides the public with access to face-to-face and online mental health advice as well as important updates relating to COVID-19.

Doctors, nurses, midwives and mental health professionals are being supported by the government to deliver bulk-billed services via telehealth. Access the Australian Government COVID-19 App via mobile phone here: australia.gov.au/whatsapp

The App gives access to a range of telehealth services, counselling, domestic violence support and other official COVID-19 information.

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USING THE APP FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

To access mental health support on the Australian Government Coronavirus App:

  1. Click on 'Contact'
  2. Click on 'Contact a GP'
  3. Choose the service you want ie: Counselling, Psychology, Pharmacy etc.
  4. Enter a location
  5. Push 'Search'
  6. Make an appointment

Face-to-face consultations remain available where necessary and bulk-billing incentive for GPs have been doubled.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said Medicare-subsidised telehealth had been increased to office the public support and help to contain the spread of the virus.
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HEALTH AND WELLBEING PACKAGE
The Health and Wellbeing Package was announced on March 29 to support anyone seeking support if they are anxious, stressed and fearful regarding COVID-19. Support on offer targets healthcare workers, Indigenous communities, charities providing emergency relief for vulnerable people, and isolated elderly people.
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OTHER SERVICES
Anyone seeking help should talk to their regular doctors about their most appropriate course of care, whether it should be via telehealth or face-to-face.

Services available range from GP services and some consultation services provided by other medical specialists, nurse practitioners, mental health treatment, chronic disease management, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessments, services to people with eating disorders, pregnancy support counselling, services to patients in aged care facilities, children with autism, and after-hours consultations.

 
 

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