Mental health program offers help

MENTAL health services have been boosted at UQ Ipswich through West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local.

The Mind Health and Wellbeing program was officially launched at the university yesterday by Federal Blair MP Shayne Neumann.

The program, which is in partnership with Artius Health, will provide mental health services through Access to Allied Psychological Services referrals, with plans to expand to new services and locations in the near future.

Under the scheme, six one-hour sessions are provided at no cost to eligible clients, including low-income earners, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, culturally or linguistically diverse communities, women with pre- or post-natal depression, people under 25, or those affected by natural disasters.

The referrals, which are available to eligible individuals through family doctors, have already proved useful for many Ipswich victims of last year's floods, who are still overcoming lingering mental health issues.

In most cases no out-of-pocket costs will be incurred for patients referred through ATAPS, and additional sessions are available subject to advice from the referring GP.



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