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Telehealth for Wellbeing: Exploring Online Mental Health Consultations and Online Referrals

February 2024

The internet has revolutionised many aspects of our lives, and health care is no exception. In recent years, there has been a significant shift towards online mental health consultations and online referrals. A mental health telehealth appointment provides a convenient and accessible way for individuals or their family members to seek help for their mental health concerns. In this article, we will explore the world of online mental health consultations, the benefits they offer, and the process of online referrals.

The Benefits of Telehealth and Online Mental Health Support:

Accessibility and Convenience: One of the most significant advantages of online mental health consultations is their accessibility. Individuals can book and attend their online Mental Health consultation via a telehealth appointment, from the comfort of their own home or any Australia-wide location with an internet connection. The convenience of online mental health consultations eliminates many traditional barriers to seeking help, such as transportation, scheduling conflicts, and geographical constraints.

Reducing Stigma: The anonymity and privacy provided by online mental health consultations can help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. Many people feel comfortable discussing their concerns via a video call, where privacy and confidentially remain paramount.

A Personalised Telehealth approach: Private Medical provides online mental health consultations with Australian registered and experienced online doctors who will support you or your family member with your wellbeing journey, including assessment and management of mental health issues. Private Medical’s telehealth platform allows patients to select the online doctor of their choice and ensures a personalised online mental health consultation.

Online Mental Health Consultation with Private Medical:

Private Medical offers online Mental Health Consultations which run for up to 30 minutes, via a secure and quality video call. This ensures you have quality time to discuss your mental health concerns with your online doctor. You can also attend the consultation with your child, teenager, elderly relative or adult dependent, tohelp them get the best care for their mental health. Our online Mental Health consultations are recommended for non-emergency mental health conditions. Our doctors can provide advice, assessment, and management of a range of mental health disorders that include commonly presenting conditions such as depression, mood and behaviour disorders, anxiety, stress and others. When needed, referrals can be made to either Psychiatrists or Psychologists and Mental Health Care Plans can also be provided."  

Whatever your situation, they will work with you or your family member on overall wellbeing and mental health. Medicare rebates are available for online mental health consultations.

Online Mental Health Consultations: Assessment, management, coordination,and referrals.

Duringyour online Mental Health consultation, you will speak with your online doctor,and they will assess what help you need. This could include:

• Making an online mental health assessment

• Creating an online mental health treatmentplan

• Online mental health referral - referringyou to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional

• Online prescriptions, if deemed necessary, tohelp treat your condition

Youronline mental health treatment plan may include counselling, therapy,medication management, or a combination of these. You can schedule follow-upsessions, as needed. The frequency of sessions depends on the severity of yourcondition and your progress.

Online Referrals for Mental Health Patients

Onlinereferrals are essential for ensuring that individuals receive specialised carefor their mental health needs. During your online mental health consultation, yourdoctor will determine whether you require more specialised care or a differentlevel of treatment. The online referral process typically involves providingthe patient with a list of recommended in-person specialists, clinics, orprograms that can address their specific mental health needs.

Dependingon your situation, your online doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist orpsychologist, or refer you to a health provider for counselling, psychotherapy,or other allied health therapy.

Booking your Online Mental Health Consultation with Private Medical

To book your Online Mental Health appointment with Private Medical, please Book Online, or call 135 001 to speak to a member of our dedicated and friendly medical administration staff. Medicare rebates are available for online Mental Health consultations.

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