Mental health services index

Pre-referral guidelines for primary care providers

Public & low cost services

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  • Infants & Child Mental Health (I&CMHS) & Youth Mental Health Service (YMHS)
    • Referrals through central intake Ballarat ICMHS/YMHS, phone 53203030
    • For psychiatric and severe psychological problems in children
    • Covers East (Ballarat & Bacchus Marsh) & West (Ararat, Stawell, Horsham) Grampians
      • ICMHS 0-14 year old; YMHS 15-25 year old
  • Ballarat Health Services (53204000, PO Box 577, Ballarat 3353)
    • Queen Elizabeth Centre Psychology
      • Send referrals to: Central Intake, BHS; fax 53204822
      • For children with mental health issues within the context of a medical condition only
      • Waiting times: weeks
    • Queen Elizabeth Centre Neuropsychology
  • Free pyschology services 
    • Psychological Therapy Services, 1300221493 (Margaret Clarke)
      • Send referrals to: fax 1300260814
      • see website for further information
      • Free service up to 10 sessions per year for children in the Ballarat and West Grampians regions provided through the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (formerly Medicare Local)
      • Includes acute suicide prevention scheme (10 sessions within 2 months)
      • Formerly known as Kids Connect and Counselling Connect
  • Low cost psychology services
    • Federation University Community Psychology Service, SMB Campus, Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat
      • cognitive and learning assessments, anx/dep., behavioural, learning difficulties, parent-chld relationships, adjustment, sleep, body image
      • see website for further information
    • Pomegranate House, 103 Webster Street, Ballarat
      • anx/dep., enuresis/encopresis, behavioural, aggression, school refusal
      • see website for further information
    • Headspace, 28 Camp Street, Ballarat
      • Community mental health services with psychology, psychiatry and counselling
      • See website for further information
  • Parenting programs and support

West Grampians

  • Wimmera Uniting Care (53624000)
    • Horsham: Yvonne Dawson, Family Support Counsellor
    • Referred through Child First
  • Grampians Community Health
    • Suitable for vulnerable families (0-5 year olds) and victims of family violence (all ages)
    • Stawell (main office, see website): 8-22 Patrick Street Stawell 3380, 53587400
    • Ararat: 60 High Street Ararat 3377, 53526200
    • Horsham: 25 David Street Horsham 53621200

School services

Counsellor and psychology services for school aged children are often provided through individual schools, and offer a very good starting point for many children with mental health concerns. These are organised through request to the school that the child attends.

Private Services

Private paediatric psychology services can be accessed through a Mental Health Care Plan from either a General Practitioner or Paediatrician. This will allow a partial Medicare rebate for 6 sessions, plus an additional 4, per calendar year. Out of pocket fees still apply. The following table lists many, but not all, private psychologists and counsellors dealing with children in the Grampians region. For further listings, please visit the Western Victoria Primary Health Network website.

Ballarat (Alphabetical listing)

Name Address Phone Specialisation
Jeff Berger 15 Dawson Street South, Ballarat 53642913
0419535753
Anx/dep., PTSD, relationships
Neil Blick 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 53334916
0438529699
parenting support, personal devel
Jennie Brennan 21 Lyons Street, Ballarat 0437462147 Sleep, relaxation, anx/dep., stress
Susan Culhan 16 Webster Street, Ballarat
https://www.healthkit.com/profile/susan-culhan/soc...
0403288346 Domestic violence, anger, relationships
Not <5 year olds or pre-verbal
Mary Darcy Ballarat Psychological Services, 705 Mair Street, Ballarat 53321621 Anx/dep, ASD, ADHD, behaviour, bullying, ID, parenting, PTSD, school issues, sexual assault
Michelle Davis (psychologist) 114 Doveton St South, Ballarat 0422915640  
Matt Davis Dana Allied Health, 1013 Dana Street, Ballarat 0490191054 Behaviour, anger, dyslexia, anxiety
Terese Duckett 15 Dawson Street South, Ballarat 53642913 Trauma, stress, grief, anx/dep.
Jacquie Evans-Barker (neuro-psychologist) Paediatrics Ballarat, 1328 Sturt Street, Ballarat 53271444 Neuropsychology services, learning & cognitive assessments
Melissa Ferrier (psychologist) Dana Allied Health, 1013 Dana Street, Ballarat
(contact her Camperdown clinic for appointments)
55933955 ASD assessments
Darren Gannon In Mind Solutions, 1011 Mair Street, Ballarat 53312988 ID
Malcolm Garnett Ballarat Psychological Services, 705 Mair Street, Ballarat 53321621 OCD, anx/dep., PTSD
Simone Heeney (psychologist) Bromley Psychology, 114 Doveton Street South, Ballarat 53333121 ASD, anx/dep., behaviour & learning disorders
Jody Jones (psychologist) Paediatrics Ballarat, 1328 Sturt Street, Ballarat 53271444  
David Hyatt 1220 Mair Street, Lake Wendouree 53335940 Bullying
Tanya Madsen (psychologist) Dana Allied Health, 1013 Dana Street, Ballarat 53331432 ASD, ID, WISC/WIAT
Bronwyn McNaughton 325 Creswick Road, Ballarat 0400637255 Esp. females, behavioural, anx/dep., stress, grief, loss, family, self esteem, ID, relationships
Not <6 year olds
Frances McPhee-Burton 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 53334916 relationship, sexual assault
Margot Murphy 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 53334916
0409678800
Anx/dep, parenting, rehab., self harm, sexual assault, trauma
Kevan Pitcher (psychologist) 4A Ritchie Street, Brown Hill 53329873 Dispute resolution, anger, offending behaviour, coping, stress
Not <12 year olds
Kate Richardson (mental health social worker) Paediatrics Ballarat, 1328 Sturt Street, Ballarat 53271444  
Jan Schlunke Ballarat Psychological Services, 705 Mair Street, Ballarat (also visits Ararat) 53321621 ASD, crisis, parenting, identity, sexuality, relationships
Jessica Sewell Blossomtree Psychology, 504 Mair Street, Ballarat
 
  Trauma
Not ASD
Kate Skilbeck 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 0408540895  
Claire Taubert (psychologist) 604 Mair Street, Ballarat
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53344138 PND, narcissism, adolescents
Michelle Taylor Blossomtree Psychology, 504 Mair Street, Ballarat 0419949040 Trauma
Not ASD
Ann Tudor 21 Lyons Street North, Ballarat 53334916
0419549634
 
Sarah Ward (psychologist) Clearview Psychology Services, 7 Eyre Street, Ballarat 53329559
0435066617
Anger, behaviour
Not <5 year olds
Tamara Wighton Implexa Allied Health
2/15 Main Road, Ballarat
0498121618 ASD, ADHD, anx, social delays

East Grampians (alphabetical listing)

Name Address Phone Specialisation
Marian Oake 24 Raglan Street, Daylesford 53487647 Anx/dep., trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, substance abuse
Mark Poyser 51 Raglan Street, Daylesford 54226321 Trauma, personal issues, family dynamics
Mark Ryan Turner Street Clinic, Bacchus Marsh 0414658129 Abuse, anger, conflict, and/dep., self esteem, grief, trauma
Danette Thackwray 3 Clifton Drive, Bacchus Marsh 53674166 Anx/dep., relationships, grief, trauma

West Grampians including Maryborough (alphabetical listing)

Name Address Phone Specialisation
Marie Aitken Mynara Medical Centre, 134 Baillie Street, Horsham 53811640  
Kate Alessia Droylsen House, 143 Baillie Street, Horsham
http://katealessia.com
0400444040 ASD, learning difficulties, anx/dep., psychosomatic, family difficulties
Adele Campbell Wimmera Medical Centre, 6 Read St,
Horsham (Monday)
Warracknabeal Hospital, 20 Dimboola Rd, Warracknabeal (Tues, Thurs)
0407576688 Anxiety, mood & behavioural,
not ASD assessment
Yvonne Dawson Horsham - see Public services (above)    
Wendy Deckert
(social worker)
West Wimmera Health Service, Nhill
Kaniva Medical Clinic, Kaniva
0438067141  
Anna Dridan (psychologist) Maryborough 0417441700 Learning & developmental, anx/ dep., trauma
Melinda Dridan (psychologist) 13 Campbell Street, Maryborough 0417441700 Learning & developmental, anx/ dep., trauma, ID, ASD, learning
Gail Harris
(social worker)
113 High Street, Maryborough 0403657083 Anx/dep., loss, trauma, adjustment, attachment
John Hastings (social worker) Reids Lane, Halls Gap
(also visits Ararat, Stawell, Horsham)
53564267 Family & relationships
Val Hastings
(social worker)
Reids Lane, Halls Gap
(also visits Ararat, Stawell, Horsham)
53564267 Family & relationships
Casey Logan, psychologist Maryborough 0450476707 grief & loss, trauma, anx/dep., parental-adolescent
Carly McKinniss Grampians Psychology, Ararat 0400492233  
Judith Parker
(social worker)
(Stawell, Ararat) 0427558218 CBT, drawing therapy
Jan Schlunke Ballarat Psychological Services, 705 Mair Street Ballarat (also visits Ararat) 53321621 ASD, crisis, parenting, identity, sexuality, relationships
Melanie Stones (social worker) Ararat 0488322619 Women, family conflict
Melanie Wallis
(psychologist)
Warracknabeal 0417781530  
Jacqueline Zakhary (social worker) Horsham 0477029508 Anx/dep., relationships