Below are a number of useful resources and links which may be helpful to you. Please contact me here if you would like to set up an appointment.
Carer Gateway (www.carergateway.gov.au)
Are you one of the 2.5 million Australians who care for a loved one, friend or neighbour? Find out information about the support services available to you, on the Carer Gateway. Phone 1800 422 737 For support and advice, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Beyond Blue (www.beyondblue.org.au)
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Black Dog Institute (www.blackdoginstitute.org.au)
Expert information on depression and Bipolar Disorder for the general public as well as professionals, including information on getting help for mood disorders, suggestions on ways of staying well, and detailed information about the Institute’s research activities.
Drugs & Substance Abuse
Australian Drug Information Network (www.adin.com.au)
The ADIN provides a central point of access to quality Internet-based alcohol and drug information provided by prominent organisations in Australia and internationally.
Family Drug Support (www.fds.org.au)
Supporting families affected by alcohol and other drugs in Australia. Phone 1300 368 186 (available 24 / 7).
QLD Alcohol and Drug Information Service
The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) is a Queensland state-wide service. ADIS provides a free anonymous 24 hour/7 day telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone with concerns about their own or someone else’s use of alcohol or other drugs. Phone 1800 177 833 (anonymous; available 24 / 7).
Eating Disorders & Body Image
The Butterfly Foundation (thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/)
Butterfly provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers. Phone 1800 33 4673.
Eating Disorders Australia (www.eda.org.au)
The Eating Disorders Association Inc (Qld)is a community based not-for-profit organisation. We provide eating disorder information and referral, individual and family counselling, group support, peer support, education and skills based training to carers of those living with an eating disorder.
Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (www.ahpra.gov.au)
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia.
Australian Psychological Society (www.psychology.org.au)
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing over 21,000 members. The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession.
Medicare rebates are available for up to ten individual and ten group allied mental health services per calendar year to patients with an assessed mental disorder who are referred by:
- A GP managing the patient under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan or
- Under a referred psychiatrist assessment and management plan or
- A psychiatrist or pediatrician
Mental Health Online (www.mentalhealthonline.org.au)
Mental Health Online provides comprehensive and effective online services and programs free of charge. If you’re experiencing mental distress, our services can help you understand and address your needs through self-assessment, self-help and, if you choose, online professional support.
Queensland Health (www.health.qld.gov.au)
Hospital and health services for Queenslanders.
MI Networks (www.minetworks.org.au)
Offering access to relevant, up-to-date information, peer support and connections to local community networks, Mi Networks members provide a personalised response to the needs of individuals living with mental illness, their carers, friends and family members. Phone 1800 985 944.
SANE Australia (http://www.sane.org)
SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through campaigning, education and research. SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website, which have thousands of contacts each year from around Australia. Phone 1800 187 263.
Health & Lifestyle
Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service (www.gethealthyqld.com.au)
The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® (Get Healthy Service) is a free telephone service staffed by qualified health coaches aimed at supporting Queenslanders to make lifestyle changes regarding healthy eating, physical activity, reducing alcohol consumption and reaching and/or maintaining a healthy weight.
Nutrition Australia (www.nutritionaustralia.org)
Non-profit, community organisation aimed at promoting health and wellbeing of all Australians.
National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling services 24-hour online support for individuals. PHONE 1800 737 732
Gambling Helpline (www.gamblinghelponline.org.au)
Starting to think gambling might be a problem? Find out about the signs of a problem and assess gambling issues and spending. PHONE 1800 858 858
Kids Helpline (www.kidshelpline.com.au)
A national 24-hour telephone counselling service for children and young people in Australia. PHONE 1800 551 800
A national 24-hour telephone counselling service for all ages. PHONE 13 11 14
Mensline Australia (www.mensline.org.au)
A dedicated service for men with relationship and family concerns. PHONE 1300 78 99 78
Parent Line (www.parentline.com.au)
Parent Line is a confidential telephone service for parents and carers of children in QLD & NT. PHONE 1300 301 300
Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. (PANDA) (www.panda.org.au)
PANDA’s National Perinatal Depression Helpline, funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, provides vital support, information, referral and counselling to thousands of Australian parents and their families. Callers do not need to have a diagnosis of antenatal or postnatal depression to make contact with the Helpline, PANDA is keen to support any new parent struggling during pregnancy or after the birth of their baby, as well as their partner, family and friends. PHONE 1300 726 306
Law Right (www.lawright.org.au)
Providing legal support for those with mental health issues or impacted by mental health law. With a particular focus on mental health, LawRight assists people with health law issues and other legal problems that arise as a consequence of ill-health. Phone 07 3846 6317
Shine Lawyers (www.shine.com.au)
Legal experts in a range of areas of compensation law; Brisbane branch has history of undertaking cases related to mental health issues. Phone 1800 751 004
Relationships Australia (www.relationships.org.au)
Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. Phone 1300 364 277.
More Than Two (www.morethantwo.com)
Information on polyamory and ethical non-monogamous relationships
Gottman Institute (www.gottman.com)
At the Institute, we are committed to an ongoing program of research that increases the understanding of relationships and adds to the development of interventions that have been carefully evaluated. It is our goal to make our services accessible to the broadest reach of people across race, religion, class, culture, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. The Gottman Institute provides live workshops and take-home training materials for couples, while The Gottman Referral Network provides therapy referrals to couples.
Family Relationships (www.familyrelationships.gov.au)
Information for all families – whether together or separated – about family relationship issues. Find out about a range of services to assist families manage relationship issues, including helping families agree on arrangements for children after parents separate.
Sexuality & Gender Diversity
Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland Inc. (www.atsaq.com)
The Australian Transgender Support Association of QLD (ATSAQ) was formed in 1990, to help, advise and assist the transgender community in Queensland. It is run by transgendered people for transgendered people and provides emotional/moral support for people with Gender identity Disorder (formally known as Gender Dysphoria) their families and friends.
Diverse Voices (diversevoices.org.au)
Diverse Voices, previously the Gay and Lesbian Welfare Association or GLWA is a non-profit organization with a focus on the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex – or LGBTI – communities through operation of the Gay Line and Lesbian line, peer telephone counselling service. Phone 07 3017 1717, or free call 1800 184 527, 7pm – 10pm 7 days.
Open Doors Youth Service Inc. (www.opendoors.net.au)
Open Doors Youth Service Inc. exists in order to build resilience in young people with diverse genders and/or sexualities through facilitating opportunities to receive support that meets their identified needs, to connect to community in a safe, social space, and to have positive relationships in their lives.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (www.pflagbrisbane.org.au)
PFLAG is an international peer support group that has been operating in Australia for over 30 years. As parents with sons and daughters who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) we believe, to enable them to have truly fulfilling lives, it is important that they are able to live their lives with honesty and integrity without fear that if they disclose their sexual orientation, they will suffer discrimination, ostracism or abuse. For those who are not accepted, they know they are welcome and supported by our group. We feel that it is important to not just support our children, but to stand beside them.
Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (www.qahc.org.au)
Queensland Association for Healthy Communities mission is to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Queenslanders. We are a not-for-profit, community based organisation, funded by government grants and community fund-raising, donations and sponsorships.
Life In Mind Australia (www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/)
The Commonwealth government’s Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) website is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE in Mind website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.
Mindframe Media (www.mindframe-media.info)
The Australian Government’s Mindframe National Media Initiative (Mindframe) aims to encourage responsible, accurate and sensitive representation of mental illness and suicide in the Australian mass media. The initiative involves building a collaborative relationship with the media and other sectors that influence the media (such as key sources for news stories). Funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health under the National Suicide Prevention Program, the Mindframe Education and Training program is an initiative of Everymind. Program activities include national leadership, resource development and national dissemination, and ongoing contribution to the evidence base in this area.
Suicide Call Back Service (www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au)
The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24 hour, nationwide service that provides free telephone, video and online counselling. You can call us anywhere and anytime on 1300 659 467. Our professionally trained counsellors have specialist skills in working with suicide-related issues and they can help you to work through the pain and distress you may be feeling.
Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Association (www.sosbsa.org.au)
SOSBSA supports those that have lost loved ones to suicide. Phone 1300 767 022.
Trauma and Grief
Australian Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health (www.phoenixaustralia.org/
The Australian Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne undertakes world class trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education. Their services help organisations and health professionals who work with people affected by traumatic events.
Blue Knot Foundation Helpline (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse) (www.blueknot.org.au)
The Blue Knot Helpline provides information and short term counselling nationally via telephone for adults survivers of childhood trauma on 1300 657 380 and email firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) 7 days a week 9am to 5pm AEST.
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) (www.vvcs.gov.au/)
Providers counselling and group programs to Australian veterans and peacekeepers and their families. Phone 1800 011 046.
Reach Out (au.reachout.com/)
ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service. ReachOut.com is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation, an Australian non-profit with a mission to help young people lead happier lives.
Headspace provides young people 12-25, and their families, with information, support and advice on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. Headspace centres around Australia provide young people with access to youth-friendly health professionals and the headspace website has a section devoted to supporting parents and carers.