SOUTH WESTERN MELBOURNE

ATAPS General Component

ATAPS General Component  provides 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 General Component 

  • People residing within the local government area of Wyndham and Hobsons Bay
  • People with a common mental health disorder(s) of mild to moderate severity
  • People who have a mental health diagnosis and are suitable for a mental health treatment plan
  • People who are less able to pay (low income, health care card holders, pensioners)
  • People who would benefit from brief psychological interventions
  • People who are currently not in crisis and are not at risk to themselves or others
  • People who are not able to access Medicare funded mental health services
  • Carers with a diagnosis of mental illness
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse communities

What is Provided?

Sessions can be individual and with family.

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 referring GP.

The referring GP may consider that in exceptional circumstances the client may require up to an additional six sessions (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 referring 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.

ATAPS General Mental Health Service provides assistance for Mental Health disorders that would benefit from short-term treatment. If the needs of the patient are more complex a longer term program to meet his/her needs may be required.

Referral Process

GPs can make referrals to the ATAPS General 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.

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

Information sheets and forms

ATAPS General Component Information Sheet

ATAPS Criteria Eligibility

ATAPS GP Referral Process

ATAPS Referral Form, Mental Health Treatment Plan

ATAPS Review Referral Form

ATAPS Operational Guidelines

Consent Forms for:
(please note the consent form is included in the ATAPS referral form, unless this is required in a language other than English then please use the appropriate form below)

- Arabic version

- Cantonese version

- Greek version

- Italian version

- Karen version

- Mandarin version

- Vietnamese version

ATAPS Client Rights & Responsibilities and Patient Privacy Information

ATAPS Client Rights & Responsibilites and Patient Privacy Information

- Arabic version

- Cantonese version

- Greek version

- Italian version

- Karen version

- Mandarin version

- Vietnamese version