This service assists GPs & patients with accessing one-off psychiatric assessments provided under MBS Item Number 291. The service is supported by a website that facilitates psychiatrists to register and list suitable appointments. GPs seeking a referral for patients send a Mental Health Treatment Plan & referral letter to the Central Referral Unit (CRU) who clinically triage patients. Clinical Care Coordinators assess & match patients to the next available 291 appointments whilst maintaining engagement with GP & patient.
Process Summary for GPs referring adults*
GPs should complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan, psychiatry referral letter (more details at link below) & send to the Central Referral Unit by secure messaging/fax
Central Referral Unit will clinically triage, review & allocate a Clinical Care Coordinator
Clinical Care Coordinators will assess & match suitable patients to available MBS 291 appointments & maintain engagement with the patient & GP
Following patient attendance to psychiatrist appoitnment, GPs and patients should await psychiatrist's assessment report
For more details, visit gppasa.net.au/for-gps/the-process-for-gps/
*for children or young people under 18 year olds please call 1800 721 899 to refer.