New online Mental Health Practitioner Directory launches

The new online Mid and North Coast Mental Health Practitioner Directory was launched this week.

The directory will be a useful resource for GPs, specialists and allied health workers seeking localised referral pathways for patients with mental health support needs.

The directory will also be invaluable to local councils, community organisations and the broader health workforce – as well as members of the public.

Covering an area from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie, the directory already features about 150 mental health service providers, with more joining daily.

Joining the directory is easy. If you are a psychologist, psychiatrist, mental health social worker, mental health occupational therapist or credentialled mental health nurse in private practice, you are invited to jump online and list your services.

Dr Basia Radlinska, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor at headspace in Coffs Harbour is a mental health provider who is already listed in the directory. She couldn’t be more delighted to see its rollout.

‘Our healthcare system tends to be quite “siloed”, with healthcare and mental health care practitioners in their own practice and specialty areas, and perhaps not as aware as they would like to be of available local services,’ Dr Radlinska said.

‘The new mental health directory offers a great mechanism for doctors to be able to find the right connections with locally accessible mental health care providers for their clients.

‘Not only is that information embedded in the directory by the mental health care providers themselves, but they can also update their information in real time. This includes being able to include information about their specialties and their appointment waiting times, which can be updated at any time by the provider.’

Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess said the launch of the of the Mid and North Coast Mental Health Practitioner Directory was a significant milestone for the region.

‘We have desperately needed this resource and I commend all those who have contributed to making this dream a reality,’ Ms Sturgess said.

‘Displaying waiting times for appointments is one of the most important aspects of the new directory. GPs can now quickly see which mental health specialists are taking new clients and what their wait times for appointments are.

‘This provides GPs with the opportunity to find an alternative practitioner who may have shorter wait times if an appointment is required more urgently.’

HealthPathways Clinical Editor Dr Hilton Koppe welcomed the new directory, saying it would make it much easier for GPs to access up-to-date information when referring patients to mental health practitioners.

‘I have been keen for something like this for many years,’ Dr Koppe said. ‘It’s great to see it come to fruition.’

If you have any further questions about the Mid and North Coast Mental Health Practitioner Directory, please contact Hamza Vayani:

[email protected]
0437 435 459

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.