Clinical Staff Update
We are pleased to welcome back Dr Roxana Pearson from maternity leave. She will be re-commencing practice at the Jindalee clinic February 2020. Please contact the clinic if you would like to book an appointment to see Roxana upon her return.
Bushfire Recovery Access Program
New Directions Psychology will be able to provide bulk billed psychological support for those affected by bushfires. Under the Bushfire Recovery Access Program, individuals can access mental health treatment without a referral or GP mental health treatment plan from 17 January. This support will be available via Medicare from 17 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.
Individuals or families who have been impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires
Responders or emergency management employees or volunteers who worked during the 2019-20 bushfires.
If you are in rural and remote areas affected by bushfires, you can also access these Medicare rebated sessions through our telehealth services. See Telehealth
The 10 services are available to individuals in addition to any existing mental health treatment plan (MHTP) under the Better Access to Mental Health initiative. They don’t affect their claiming limits under that plan.
For further information please click on link below:
Bushfire Recovery Access Program https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/bushfire-recovery-access-program
If you think you are eligible and could benefit from mental health treatment, please contact the clinic.
New Directions Psychology is now offering cognitive ability assessment.
Cognitive ability assessment (or intelligence testing) is available for children and adolescents aged 6-16 years.
It is not uncommon for children presenting with emotional and behavioural difficulties to have underlying learning or developmental issues, which may or may not have been identified.
Assessments are conducted by our clinical psychologists and will involve between 3-4hrs of face-to-face interview and testing using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), the most widely used test for assessing cognitive abilities.
For further information, please see Cognitive Assessment.
New Directions Psychology is a registered provider under The National Disabilities Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS was set up as a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is responsible for delivering the NDIS. The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
NDIS is now available in Ipswich and Brisbane City
For further information, please see NDIS.