Australian Health Directory


Special care - Mental health


In the 2004-05 National Health Survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1 in 10 or 2.1 million Australians reported longer term mental or behavioural concerns. Anxiety-related issues and mood disorders were the most frequently reported, with each affecting approximately 5% of the population. About 19% of respondents aged 18 years or over reported reliance on medication for the maintenance of their mental health.

Australia's high standards of living, high income per capita and political stability has not translated into a happier society. In 2005, there were 2,101 suicide-related deaths registered. (Suicides, Australia, 2005, Australian Bureau of Statistics, www.abs.gov.au)

Australians with mental health problems can utilise a wide range of psychiatric and related services provided by the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is specialist help available whether one suffers from mild personality disorder, periodic anxiety, debilitating major depression or chronic schizophrenia. State and territory governments are committed to funding medical research, the treatment and prevention of mental illness.

This category is in the process of listing psychiatric clinical services; mental health programs for adults, aged persons, children and adolescents; GPs with a special interest in mental health; clinical psychologists; rehabilitation and support services; psychiatric outreach services; homeless outreach services; drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation services; and organisations that offer information and support for people with mental illness and their carers.

Private psychiatrists are listed under Medical specialist > Psychiatry

Psychiatric crisis assessment and treatment services are listed under Emergency > Psychiatric.

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Sydney TMS Clinic

Sydney TMS Clinic

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression
Safe and effective treatment for depression

(2 locations)

St Leonards, NSW 2065

Sydney TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is an innovative, safe and effective way to treat depression. Magnetic pulses generated from a coil are used on the scalp to stimulate parts of the brain. TMS offers a relatively pain free alternative with few side effects. As Sydney TMS is an outpatient clinic, patients can receive their treatment and continue on with the rest of their day.
Lifeline Australia

Lifeline Australia

Lifeline provides a 24 hour crisis support service, information and referral service - 13 11 14.
Lifeline WA

Lifeline WA

East Perth, WA 6004

24-hour Telephone Counselling 13 11 14
Our comprehensively trained and supervised volunteer counsellors provide a vital 24-hour, 7-days a week, state-wide Telephone Counselling Service to all Western Australians for the cost of a local call.
Samaritans Crisis Line

Samaritans Crisis Line

Suicide Emergency Line

Subiaco, WA 6008

24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
National Line: 13 52 47
Youthline: 1800 198 313
Email: support@samaritanscrisisline.org.au
Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline

Counselling service for 5 to 25 year olds

Milton, QLD 4064

1800 55 1800 - free call from landlines and mobile phones (using the networks of Optus, Virgin, Vodaphone, Telstra) from within Australia.
Australia's only telephone and online counselling service for 5 to 25 year olds. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any issue, any time.
We also offer web and email counselling. These services can be accessed through our website, 7 days a week.
SANE Australia

SANE Australia

A national charity working to help all Australians
affected by mental illness lead a better life

South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Sane Australia, a non-profit organisation, works to improve the life of people affected by mental illness, and their carers, through education, research and advocacy.

Programs, support resources, help services, and forums for consumers and carers can be found online - or call 1800 18 SANE (7263).
 

Jewish Mental Health Network

The Jewish Mental Health Network is an umbrella organisations that provide services to the Jewish community and share resources.

Phone: 03 9527 4866
Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous

Fairfield, NSW 1860

We offer support groups for people who are experiencing a gambling problem. Groups are held every night for the purpose of debrief and support.

Helpline 02 9726 6625
Sleep Disorders Australia

Sleep Disorders Australia

Roseville, NSW 2065

Sleep Disorders Australia (SDA) is a voluntary group offering assistance and support to those persons and their families who are living with sleep disorders throughout Australia.
Odyssey House NSW

Odyssey House NSW

'A Calm in a Sea of Addiction'

Eagle Vale, NSW 2558

Odyssey House was founded in 1977 and has helped more than 25,000 people. We provide residential and non-residential rehabilitation programs for men and women with a drug or alcohol problems. When appropriate, the dependent children of residents participating in the program may also receive accommodation and support.

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