Mind Australia’s Allied Health services provide a broad range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct health services to improve a person’s mental health and wellbeing.
People who access Mind’s Allied Health services can receive specialised assessment, behaviour support and functional skills support to help their mental health and wellbeing, improve their personal relationships and develop skills for daily living.
Mind’s Allied Health services are generally for people over 18 years of age who have an NDIS package or relevant private health insurance (depending on the service) to fund their support.
Mind’s Allied Health services include:
- Occupational Therapy: Occupation refers to the things we do in our everyday lives that help us live in the community. Mind’s occupational therapists use a person centred, evidence-based approach in diagnosis, treatment and recovery of physical and mental health challenges.
- Psychology: Psychology refers to how people behave, think and feel. Mind’s psychologists are experts in human behaviour who work with people who access our services to live a life of purpose and meaning in the community.
- Counselling: Counselling refers to conversations with a trained professional that work to help you work through difficulties in your life. Our Counsellors are trained mental health professionals who define and work towards personalised recovery goals with the people who access our services.
- Social work: Social workers take the time needed to build relationships with people so that together they can consider all aspects of their situation, including their strengths and capacities, as well as the areas where they need help. They offer solutions, supports and pathways that make sense in the context of the person’s environment, preferences and abilities.
Adele Henwood, Mind General Manager – Specialist National Services, said the Allied Health team has a broad skillset that caters to a spectrum of need.
“Our Allied Health team features university qualified practitioners who have specialised expertise in preventive health and diagnosing and treating people experiencing mental health and wellbeing challenges,” Ms Henwood said.
“They are a diverse and passionate group of professionals including registered and provisional psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers.
“We recognise that everybody’s journey to a life of meaning and purpose is unique, which is why our Allied Health team creates tailored plans built around individual recovery goals. These supports are flexible and can be delivered at home, in the community or via telehealth.”
Mind’s Allied Health services can be differentiated by two funding streams required to access the services: NDIS and private health.
Mind’s NDIS Allied Health services include:
- NDIS Allied Health Assistants (support to help you reach your identified goals as part of a therapeutic plan outlined by a supporting clinician)
- NDIS Psychology (Allied Health psychologists provide clinical assessment, diagnosis, intervention and capacity building)
- NDIS Occupational Therapy (these services include clinical assessments, interventions and capacity building activities to support client goals)
- NDIS Behaviour Support (support to better understand challenging behaviours, develop strategies that highlight an individual’s strengths and aim to increase quality of life whilst safely reducing challenging behaviours).
Mind’s private health Allied Health services include:
- Wellbeing 4 You Program – Mind Care Choices (a hospital substitution program that provides an alternative to a psychiatrist-led, hospital-based model of care. This program is for Bupa clients)
- Wellbeing 4 Life (psychology, occupational therapy and social work support for Australian Health Service Alliance [AHSA] members).
Mind’s Allied Health services are delivered in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. (Click in the service links above to find out exactly where a specific service is delivered).
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Psychosocial supports – like the kind provided by Mind Australia – help people with mental health and wellbeing issues manage daily activities, rebuild and maintain connections, engage with education and employment, and participate fully in the community. These are supports which help people take positive steps in their recovery journey.