New clinic brings mental health care to the community

Queensland’s first Ramsay Psychology Clinic is based in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley

A new private psychology clinic in Brisbane aims to meet the growing demand for community mental health services in the region.

The Fortitude Valley outpatient service is the first to be opened in Queensland by Australia’s largest private hospital operator, Ramsay Health Care.

“Although we still offer psychology services in our hospitals, many people who need to see a clinician do not need to be hospitalized, so this is a more appropriate option for them,” the director said. of the group’s mental health strategy, David McGrath.

“For many people, a few sessions in a community setting are enough to see a significant improvement in their life experience.”

Ramsay Health Care plans to open more psychology clinics in south-east Queensland, catering to the one in five Australians who suffer from mental health conditions each year – a situation exacerbated by the stress caused by the COVID pandemic -19.

Registered psychologist Alison Thwaites said the new Ramsay Psychology Clinic in Fortitude Valley will provide personalized care for adults, teens, children, couples and families across a wide range of mental health issues and symptoms.

“We understand that mental health and mental health issues are different for everyone,” she said.

“That’s why our psychologists are experienced in a wide range of evidence-based therapies and we have a triage service to carefully match patients with the best psychologist for their needs.”

Mr McGrath said the new clinic would also be a good service for patients who wanted follow-up sessions in a community setting after discharge from hospital.

“We also offer telehealth options for patients in more regional areas or those who cannot travel to the clinic,” he added.

“Patients can access the service without a referral or with a mental health care plan from their GP. Ramsay Psychology sees patients who are covered by private health insurance and those who are self-funded.

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