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ATAPS

OVERVIEW

Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) is an Australian Government initiative which aims to provide access to effective, low cost treatment for people with mild to moderate mental illness. ATAPS enables patients to access short-term psychological interventions within a primary care setting. This includes up to 12 sessions with a mental health provider, and an additional 6 session in exceptional circumstances within a calendar year.

ELIGIBILITY

ATAPS is for individuals who have a mild-moderate mental health diagnosis, who hold a health care card and/or are in genuine financial hardship.

ATAPS is NOT a high risk/acute service, nor does it provide care for long term/chronic mental health issues.

AVAILABILITY

ATAPS services are available in a variety of locations throughout the Marathon Health area. Please find the list of providers on our Resources page.

ACCESS

To access ATAPS, individuals will need to see their GP for a referral and to have a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) completed; GPs will then forward the referral and MHTP to Marathon Health. For Children under 12, a Child Treatment Plan (CTP) can be completed in place of a MHTP. Child referrals must be signed and consented to by a parent or carer.

OPERATING HOURS

The ATAPS Information Line and Secure Fax are not monitored out of office hours (this includes public holidays). GPs (and referrers) should note that referrals are attended to during office hours as this is not an urgent/high risk service.

PROGRAMS

ATAPS has a two-tiered funding model and GPs are able to refer eligible patients into either of these tiers. Tier 1, also known as General ATAPS, is aimed at enabling access to services for hard to reach groups such as health care card holders. Tier 2 provides funding for targeted populations such as children, perinatal depression, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and suicide prevention.

For more information on each of the ATAPS programs, please see the relevant sections below (GPs and Providers may wish to refer to the operational guidelines on our Resources page).

General ATAPS

General ATAPS Criteria:

  • Health care card holder and/or in genuine financial hardship
  • Mild-moderate mental health diagnosis
  • Completed Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) & Referral Form
  • Available: Refer to our Resources page for a list of locations and providers.
  • Format:
    • Six sessions, then review of MHTP, with opportunity for six additional sessions
    • A further six sessions are available in exceptional circumstances (making a total of 18 potential sessions per calendar year)

 

Child Mental Wellbeing Service

ATAPS - Child Mental Wellbeing Service Criteria:

  • Children less than 12 years old
  • From a family in genuine financial hardship and/or hold a health care card
  • Be showing signs of an emerging childhood emotional, behavioural or mental disorder OR have a diagnosis of mild-moderate disorder
  • Have a completed Child Treatment Plan & Referral Form
  • Available: Dubbo, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Bathurst and Cowra
  • Format: As per General ATAPS

 

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Service

ATAPS - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Criteria:

  • Identify as Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander
  • Health care card holder and/or in genuine financial hardship
  • Mild-moderate mental health diagnosis
  • Have a completed Mental Health Treatment Plan & Referral Form
  • Available: Dubbo, Coonamble, Condobolin, Forbes, Gilgandra, Orange, Peak Hill and Wellington
  • Format: As per General ATAPS

 

Perinatal Depression Service

ATAPS - Perinatal Depression Service Criteria:

  • Be in duration of current pregnancy or have a baby less than 1 year old
  • Does not need to be health care card holder / in financial hardship
  • Be at risk of developing mental health issue OR have diagnosed mild-moderate mental health issues
  • Have a completed Mental Health Treatment Plan & Referral Form
  • Available: Bathurst, Dubbo & Orange
  • Format: As per General ATAPS

 

Suicide Prevention Service

ATAPS - Suicide Prevention Service Criteria:

The ATAPS Suicide Prevention Service is provided through headspace in Bathurst and Dubbo and offers support for young people aged 12-25 who are at a mild-moderate risk for suicide and self-harm. Young people can self-refer into the program, or be referred by a GP or by a third party (usually another professional). 


To refer into the program or for more information, please call headspace in Dubbo (02) 5852 1900 or Bathurst (02) 6338 1100 or call the Marathon Health Mental Health team.


For young people at a higher risk of suicide or self-harm (moderate to severe), please contact your local Community Mental Health team, the 24hr Mental Health Information and Support line on 1800 011 511 or call triple zero in an emergency.

For more information please contact the Marathon Health Mental Health team.

For ATAPS/MHSRRA enquiries: For GP Referrals:
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