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
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Accessing mental health services and information online can ensure individuals who experience a mental health condition can obtain support in a timely, low-cost and flexible way. ‘e-Mental Health’ refers to electronic mental health care, services and information delivered through the internet and other related technologies.
e-Mental Health can serve as a preliminary self-help intervention option for people who believe they are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of mental illness.
Tips for using e-Mental Health resources
- Log on now! – By starting you have taken action to improve your mental health…Well done!
- Choose a regular time and day to log onto the e-Mental Health resource chosen to do the homework
- Choose a time and space where you will not be interrupted and you will be able to concentrate
- Download any sections of the e-Mental Health resource chosen so you can easily revise the things you have learnt.
- Don’t forget to do the homework exercises in the resource chosen – doing the homework will help you remember what to do to improve
- Visit your doctor to provide updates to talk about your progress
- The e-Mental Health resources are always available for you to use. Work out what works for you and what doesn’t. Find what best works for you.
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Tips to Stay Mentally Healthy
Mental health is an essential part of your overall health. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. 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.
Tips To Stay Mentally Healthy:
- Connect with others - the quality of our personal relationships have a great effect on our wellbeing. Develop and maintain strong relationships with people who support and enrich your life
- Take time to enjoy - Set aside time for activities, hobbies and projects you enjoy. Do a crossword; take a walk in your local park; read a book; sew a quilt; draw pictures with your kids; play with your pets – whatever takes your fancy
- Contribute to your community - Volunteer your time for a cause or issue that you care about. There are many great ways to contribute that can help you feel good about yourself and your place in the world
- Take care of yourself - Be active and eat well – these help maintain a healthy body. Physical and mental health are closely linked; it’s easier to feel good about life if your body feels good
- Deal with stress - Be aware of what triggers your stress and how you react. A balanced lifestyle can help you manage stress better. If you have trouble winding down, you may find that relaxation breathing, yoga or meditation can help.
- Ask for help - This can be as simple as asking a friend to babysit while you have some time out or speaking to your doctor (GP) about where to find a counsellor or community mental health service
Mental Health Stepped Care Model
Stepped care is defined as an evidence-based, staged system comprising a hierarchy of interventions from the least to the most intensive, matched to the individuals’ needs. In a stepped care approach, a person presenting to the mental health system is matched to the intervention level that most suits their current need. A person does not have to start at the lowest, least intensive level of intervention in order to progress to the next ‘step”. They enter the system and have their service aligned to their requirementsMental health is an essential part of your overall health. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.
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.