“This portal will allow people to access information and treatment as an alternative to traditional face-toface services, in their own time, in an environment in which they’re comfortable,” Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler said.
Mr Butler said the virtual clinic would be run through the Gillard Government’s new online mental health portal www.mindhealthconnect.com.au.
“The clinic will offer cognitive behavioural therapy from trained counsellors, which will be a huge help to people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression,” Mr Butler said.
“You can self-refer to the clinic, and it will also accept referrals from healthcare professionals.”
This stands to benefit every group in society, but most particularly people in rural and regional areas.
Access Macquarie will now commence detailed service planning and preparation and the virtual clinic will begin providing services in December 2012.