headspace Telepsychiatry

For people living and working in regional and remote areas, accessing a psychiatrist can be difficult and expensive. headspace Telepsychiatry helps overcome these barriers by providing an experienced workforce and reliable technology, to bring psychiatric services to young people and local workforces via video consultations.

What is headspace Telepsychiatry?

headspace Telepsychiatry provides 12-25-year olds and workforces in regional and remote areas of Australia, access to highly skilled psychiatrists. Our psychiatrists are experts in youth mental health.

Young people can access highly qualified psychiatrists to receive diagnostic and management advice through eligible headspace centres or other participating agencies across Australia. The service is free for young people (bulk-billed under Medicare) and provides better access to tailored mental health services.  
Once a young person is referred by headspace or their GP, a video consultation with a psychiatrist is arranged. The video consultation is coordinated by the headspace centre or other health service to ensure confidentiality, safety, and ease of accessing. It’s an inclusive experience as parents or carers are encouraged to join the session, and ensures young people can continue their mental health care within their local community.

headspace Telepsychiatry can help build the mental health capability and capacity of the local workforce by providing access to a psychiatrist for treatment planning advice and clinical supervision.

The session format is led by the psychiatrist, based on the nature of the request and the psychiatrist’s scope of expertise. These hourly consultations may include discussions about specific cases, thematic/clinical review, or general management advice. Staff members or small groups can access this service on either a short-term or ongoing basis.

headspace Telepsychiatry provides live interactive webinars on specific subjects to upskill workforce and helps to build their expertise around themes they’re regularly seeing in young people.  

These webinars run for an hour and staff who participate can receive CPD points. Webinar topics have included anxiety and depression, psychotropic therapy, eating disorders, how to do a mental health stat assessment and treatment for alcohol and other drugs.  

headspace Telepsychiatry provides tailored support to GPs when treating young people with complex needs.  

GPs can access 30-minute video consultations with our psychiatrists, and it’s an opportunity to discuss issues such as a young person’s medication needs, or whether a referral to specialists or tertiary healthcare is advised.  

Do you want to join the headspace Telepsychiatry team?

headspace Telepsychiatry has positions available which are flexible, part-time and can work around your busy schedule.  

To learn more please contact: dhopwood@headspace.org.au or call 0427 394 353. 

Any further questions?

Please contact telepsychiatry@headspace.org.au