Important information regarding mental health funding

Dear Practices,

As you may be aware the funding for Tier 1 Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) will cease effective 31st March 2017 and be replaced by alternative mental health models commissioned by the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA). It is our understanding that WAPHA will engage with you directly in relation to any new referral pathways or models of care.
For current ATAPS clients, and those referred before March 31st, 360 Health + Community will be delivering one-on-one, face-to-face psychological services through the Commonwealth Better Access program, with a significant proportion of these being bulk-billed. 

In addition, 360 Health + Community’s team of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Counsellors and Social Workers will continue to deliver a range of high quality mental health services across the Perth metro area, with payment options and rebates in place to make sure these services are accessible for all demographics.

As with all 360 Health + Community’s services, each client’s GP remains central to care and will receive appropriate reporting on their progress from our clinical team.

If you are unsure about the mental health options available for your patients please do not hesitate to direct them to our Triage and Intake team on 1300 706 922 and we can assist them to receive the care they need. Alternatively, our Practice Partnerships Team is available to visit anywhere in the metro area and provide your practice with information. They can be contacted at gp@360.org.au.

Please note that 360 Health + Community is not a crisis service, so we would encourage you to direct high risk suicidal patients to Lifeline or other emergency services.

We look forward to continue working with you to provide high quality primary health services to WA communities.

Kind Regards,

Paul Hersey
360 Health + Community CEO
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