Why do you need a psychiatrist in Australia?

Australian National surveys have estimated that almost half of all Australian adults will meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental illness at some point in their lives, and one-in-five Australians will meet the criteria in a given year. Mental illness affects people of all ages, but it tends to first emerge in younger Australians — 75% of those who develop mental illness, first experience mental ill health before the age of 25 years.

The importance of psychiatry in Australia is highlighted by the fact that there are 3.9 million people with mental illness in Australia out of which 2.9 million access mental health care services. Not surprisingly, 1 in every 8 GP consultations is for a mental health concern. The availability of adequate number of psychiatrists in Australian workforce would ensure that your family doctors are able to refer you to a mental health specialist in Australia.

How to see a psychiatrist if you are in rural Australia?

Psychiatrists in Australia are predominantly distributed in urban centres such as Melbourne and Sydney and surrounding metropolitan suburbs. Tele-psychiatry services such as the one provided by Mindoc in Melbourne, Psych2U and Call to Mind fill the service gap for psychiatrists in rural Australia. Psychiatrists in Melbourne and other metropolitan centres often provide assessments and reports using technology. This involves use of Skype, Facetime or similar video-call technologies. Some of these consults may be eligible for rebate and tele-psychiatry incentives, thus the psychiatrists may not charge you any additional fee, otherwise known as bulk billing. This is a term used to indicate that the cost of your consult with the psychiatrist is fully covered by Medicare.

What are Melbourne psychiatrists?

Psychiatrists Australia belong a group of mental health specialists who are medically qualified initially with Bachelor of medicine and surgery (MBBS) before they attain the postgraduate degree in psychiatry. Australian psychiatrists are fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of psychiatrists.  Melbourne psychiatrists are also members of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of psychiatrists and are registered with the medical board of Australia. For instance, if you want to search the registration details of Dr Anjith Divakaran, Melbourne psychiatrist, go to: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx. Similarly you can search other doctors at Mindoc psychiatry clinic such as Dr Brij Kishore, a Psychiatrist in Melbourne, by clicking the above link.

What are the Melbourne psychiatry services?

Melbourne psychiatry Services are primarily divided into private and public services. The public services are provided by Area mental health services whereas individual psychiatrists in Melbourne provide the private psychiatry services. A private psychiatrist in Melbourne can be seen by appointment at a private psychiatry clinic in Melbourne or its suburbs such as Glen Waverley. For e.g.: Our clinic Mindoc psychiatry is based in Glen Waverley, a suburb of Melbourne. This offers the convenience of ease of access and onsite parking. Psychiatrists in Suburban clinics usually offer their services at a lower cost compared to their city-based counterparts.

What do psychiatrists Melbourne specialise in?

Psychiatrists in Melbourne may have additional specialisation or interest in specific areas such as Old age psychiatry, perinatal psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry or adult psychiatry. Melbourne psychiatrist such as Dr Divakaran has a specific focus on anxiety disorders, OCD and depression. Whereas other Melbourne psychiatrist like Dr Kishore has a focus on old age psychiatry.

Where to find a Psychiatrist in Melbourne?

Psychiatrists in Melbourne work in different settings, some have a hospital-based practice at one of the leading private psychiatric hospitals such as Delmont, Epworth, Albert road clinic or Melbourne Clinic. Some others such as psychiatrist Melbourne Dr Anjith Divakaran work from their own clinic, which is not linked to a hospital. Those seeking hospitalisation into one of these hospitals are required to see a psychiatrist in Melbourne working from one of these hospitals.

How to access psychiatry in Melbourne?

When you are seeking for psychiatric help in Melbourne, you must know about the different services and practitioners you might want to choose.  Awareness of their areas of interest or expertise will help you match your illness to a specific psychiatrists area of interest. Once this is done, think about the possibility or the need for hospitalization during the course of treatment. If you have a private hospital cover and you need immediate hospitalization, contacting a hospital based Melbourne psychiatrist is more appropriate. If you don’t have private cover and you need immediate hospitalization contact the area mental health’s triage that allows you entry into the public system.

What to do if I can’t decide on seeing a psychiatrist in Melbourne?

Choosing a psychiatrist in Melbourne can be tricky and we are here to help. Give us a call on 61490029491 and Elmeera, our friendly receptionist will be more than happy to clear your doubts and help you through this process.