At Stirling Connections we encourage our practitioners to work within their specific areas of focus as this enables them to stay up to date with the latest research, information and treatments available; and in turn increases the quality of care for our patients.
To this end we ask that where appropriate you refer clients to “Stirling Connections” (as opposed to an individual psychologist or dietitian) to assist us in linking your patient with an online psychologist or dietitian whose skills and experience matches your patients’ needs.
You can either fax, email, or post your patient’s referral through to our Mornington Peninsula practice. Once we receive this information we will call the patient and ask them a few questions so we have all the information we need to be able to match them with an appropriately skilled online psychologist or dietitian.
Your patient will be booked in for their first session and they will complete a questionnaire about their current depression, anxiety and stress symptoms before beginning online treatment.
You will receive a letter after their first session letting you know that they have attended.
Our psychologists value the importance of a collaborative approach and understand the importance of your ongoing relationship with your patient. In addition, to keeping you regularly updated they will also make contact if there are any significant changes to the patient’s presentation or any medical concerns.
If your patient lives in a rural or remote area and are eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan, Eating Disorder Plan, or Bushfire Recovery they can access telehealth or online psychology or dietitian treatment under Medicare. Psychology treatment online is particularly relevant to clients who may have difficulty travelling to appointments, where they are known to the psychologist in their local area, or where local psychologists have not completed specialist training in their area of need.
As part of our ongoing commitment to accessible care we offer secure video counselling consultations with highly qualified, skilled psychologists and dietitians. If you would like to access more information about referring clients for telehealth services under Medicare please click here.
To find out if your patient lives in a designated rural, remote or very remote area (classified as MMM4 to 7 under the Modified Monash Model) and may be eligible to receive Medicare funding for telehealth counselling in Australia please click here.