Free access to psychiatrist secondary consultations for GPs in the Monash Health catchment

Sunday, 3 January 2021

To support you in addressing the mental health of your patients, South Eastern Melbourne PHN (SEMPHN) has partnered with Monash Health to provide general practitioners with free access to secondary consultations with an experienced psychiatrist.

The three-month trial is part of the recently announced Victorian Government’s $60 million additional mental health funding for 2020/21

What’s on offer?

You can access a free, 30-minute phone consultation during business hours to discuss your patient’s mental health, for example: diagnostic issues, medication options, developing safety plans and general management. 

The service is applicable to patients of all ages and includes generalist and subspecialist advice, including that related to child, aged persons, LGBTIQ, perinatal and intellectual disability.

This is a non-urgent service, and clinical responsibility for the patient remains with you (the treating GP).

You will not be expected to provide patient identifying information, such as name and date of birth, or substantiating documentation such as discharge summaries.

When is this available, and for who?

The service starts on 11 January and is available to general practitioners located in the SEMPHN catchment and Monash Health mental health catchment.

How can I access this service?

1. Call SEMPHN’s Access & Referral on 1800 862 363, 8.30 am-4.30 pm weekdays. Faxed referrals will not be accepted. You will be asked to provide information which will be sent to the psychiatrist at Monash Health before the formal consultation, including: 

  1. Likely diagnosis
  2. Relevant co-morbidities
  3. Current and past medications and treatments
  4. Overview of current mental health issues
  5. Reason for consultation 

2. If a psychiatrist is available at the time of your call, you will be connected through for a phone consultation, via SEMPHN’s Access & Referral team.

3. If a psychiatrist is NOT available at the time of your call, you will be provided with an appointment time and meeting details. You are also able to request a planned conversation with a psychiatrist, subject to availability.

4. During the consultation, it’s expected that you will have access to your patient’s clinical record in order to be able to answer questions that may arise. 

If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact our Access & Referral team on 1800 862 363, 8.30 am-4.30 pm weekdays. 

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