Rural and Regional Telepsychiatry Clinic
The Black Dog Institute is able to extend its reach beyond Sydney by offering depression and bipolar assessments via skype and teleconferencing to patients in rural areas when an in-person visit may not be possible. This assessment will take the same format as our consultations in the clinic, but can take place in in a clinic setting most convenient to you. The Clinic does not take over patient management - this remains with the referring doctor.
Please note that the Psychology Clinic is not an emergency service and cannot offer crisis intervention.
The Black Dog Institute Clinics offer telehealth consultations to rural and regional areas in Australia. These services are available to adults, adolescents and children over 8 years.
The telehealth appointment will take place via video teleconference link or Skype in the presence of a health professional, most likely in your GP’s office, local hospital or health clinic. Skype appointments cannot take place in your own home.
An assessment with one of our clinicians will take approximately 1 hour. Following this assessment the psychiatrist will write a comprehensive report outlining their opinion and recommendations which will be sent to your referring doctor.
Telehealth consultations are available to patients who hold a Medicare card and are located in telehealth eligible areas at the time of the consultation.
Use the map on the DoctorConnect website to determine if your location is eligible. Areas other than "MAJOR CITIES RA1 (Green)" qualify for telehealth consultations.
Before attending the clinic we require a referral from your GP or psychiatrist In order to make the referral, the treating health practitioner will need to complete our Referral to Referral to the Depression & Bipolar Clinic form. The referral should include your background and history of any mood disorder, as well as the specific advice (e.g. diagnosis, management) sought by that doctor. Once we have received your referral, it will be screened by a senior psychiatrist and the clinic secretary will call you to arrange a time for your appointment.
Once your appointment is set, you will need to complete our telehealth consent form and return it to us so that we can arrange a test connection with the facility you will be attending before your appointment.
The referral and consent can be faxed to (02) 9382 8510 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the referral form.Download the telehealth consent.
The appointment must take place in a clinical environment with a healthcare professional on the premises. Many GP’s, local hospitals and local health services have telehealth or Skype facilities. Your local doctor may be able to assist you to organise this.
To make an enquiry or provide some feedback (positive or negative), please:
- send an email to email@example.com; or
- call the Clinic Secretary on (02) 9382 2991.