New GP Psychiatry Support Line
The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free phone-in service available for GPs to help them manage the mental health care of their patients. GPs can call 1800 16 17 18 to speak directly with a qualified psychiatrist.
Their psychiatrists support GPs with information and advice regarding specific cases or general enquiries. Advice includes but is not limited to:
- Treatment pathways and safety planning.
The service is available between 7am and 7pm, (AEST)Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Here are some examples of the topics discussed:
- Following a traumatic experience, my patient has presented with PTSD.
- I have a teenage patient showing early signs of suicidal ideation.
- My patient has a history of opioid abuse and appears to be “Dr Shopping”.
- I’m seeing a child, whose parents are recently divorced. She is struggling with depression and showing signs of self-harm.
- My patient’s husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is using alcohol to help her cope with her anxiety and depression.
- I have reason to suspect that my patient’s parent is abusing the medication prescribed to her child.
- My patient has severe anorexia, refuses to eat, and has almost halved their weight.
Please note, the support line is NOT a triage, referral, or emergency service.