The Consultant Psychiatry Service provides initial assessment and brief intervention to people experiencing a severe and persistent mental illness with barriers to accessing a psychiatrist (e.g. financial hardship). It also provides advice, opinion and capacity building to GPs to better support the persons care.
People aged 12+ experiencing a severe and persistent mental illness are eligible to access the service, as well as, their treating GP.
The Consultant Psychiatry Service can provide you and your GP with free access to a consultant psychiatrist.
There are two equally important parts to this Service:
- For you: provide free and accessible psychiatry services (assessment and brief intervention)
- For your GP: provide advice and capacity building to enable them to better treat and support you.
The service offers flexible delivery via video conferencing, available to any General Practice in South Western Sydney, or at specific face to face hubs (see below).
GPs are strongly encouraged to attend telehealth conferencing appointments via Zoom video conferencing.
This service is not designed for Court Reports, NDIS or Disability Support Pension Assessments, RTA Forms or Workers Compensation. Additionally, this service is not for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders as a primary reason for referral– such as ADD/ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorders. This is also not an emergency/crisis service.
How to access the Consultant Psychiatry Service
Make an appointment with your GP to discuss a referral.
Referrals by health professionals
GPs and other health professionals may make referrals to this service through SWSPHN’s Mental Health Central Intake.Visit Referring Patients Through Central Intake for instructions