SOUTH WESTERN MELBOURNE

ATAPS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Component

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Component provides individuals with assistance for mental health disorders that would benefit from short-term treatment. If the needs of the client are more complex a longer term program to meet his/her needs may be required.

Eligibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Component

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders residing within the local government area of Wyndham and Hobsons Bay
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have a mild to moderate mental disorder
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have a mental health diagnosis Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders  who are less able to pay (low income, health care card holders, pensioners)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders  who would benefit from brief psychological interventions
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders  who are currently not in crisis and are not at risk to themselves or others
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders  who are not able to access Medicare funded mental health services

What is provided?

Clients initially are eligible for up to six time-limited sessions, with an option of up to a further six sessions following a mental health review by the GP.

The GP may consider that in exceptional circumstances the client may require up to an additional six sessions  above those already provided (up to a maximum total of 18 sessions per client per calendar year).

Exceptional circumstances are defined as a significant change in the clients clinical condition or care circumstances which make it appropriate and necessary to increase the maximum number of sessions. It is up to the GP to determine that the client meets these requirements. In these cases a GP review is required and the exceptional circumstances noted in the request.

Referral Process

GPs and Psychiatrists can make referrals to the ATAPS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders  Component by completing an ATAPS referral form and a mental health treatment plan. Clients must give consent and receive the Client Rights & Responsibilities and Privacy Information brochures.

Please fax the completed ATAPS referral form and mental health treatment plan with client consent to SWMML on 8742 4457.

A provisional referral can be made by an alternative professional who is approved by ATAPS and SWMML and include Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, drug and alcohol services and accident and emergency departments by completing the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders Provisional Referral Form

Please fax the completed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders  Provisional Referral Form with client consent to SWMML on 8742 4457.

As a provisional referral does not require a mental health treatment plan, the client must visit their GP, preferably within two weeks of the first ATAPS session for a mental health treatment plan

Please contact Stefanie Olivieri for more information [email protected] ph.: 8731 6501 or Sheryl Tunnecliff [email protected]  ph.: 8731 6501

Information sheets and Forms

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Information Sheet

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Operational Guidelines

For GPs:

ATAPS GP Referral Process

ATAPS Referral Form, Mental Health Treatment Plan

ATAPS Review Referral Form

For Provisional Referrers:

Provisional Referral Process

Provisional Referral Form

Provisional Referrer Letter to GP