Mental Health Services

ATAPS – Access to Allied Psychological Services

ATAPS forms part of the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care (BOIMHC) Program providing access to short term psychological services at no cost.

Eligible patients can receive up to 18 sessions per calendar year – 3 referrals of 6 sessions where clinically appropriate.

Suicide prevention referrals receive up to 18 sessions in a 2 month timeframe.

Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) enables General Practitioners to refer consumers to ATAPS Mental Health Professionals who deliver focussed psychological services.

Mental health professionals include psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers with specific mental health qualifications.

Health Reimagined facilitate and deliver the ATAPS Program on behalf of the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) in the following areas - Cairns | Cassowary Coast | Atherton Tablelands | Douglas | Torres & Cape York Regions.

To find out if you're eligible for these free psychological services, make an appointment with your Doctor and ask about the ATAPS Program.

ATAPS Fast Facts:
  • Free focused psychological services funded by the Australian Government
  • Service available to Children and Adults
  • Up to 18 sessions with a psychologist or mental health professional per calendar year
  • Over 60 Psychologists & Mental Health Professionals ready to talk and assist the Far North Queensland, Torres & Cape York community
  • Delivery via Face-to-face, Telephone or Videolink
  • Talk to your doctor or health centre and ask about ATAPS as a referral is required
Health Reimagined ATAPS Administration Team
Phone(07) 4044 8900
Fax1800 152 551
Referrals FormATAPS Resources
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Patient Opinion Website

Mental Health Stepped Care Model

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Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of well-being in which you realize your own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work and study productively and are able to make a contribution to your family and community.