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Psychological Therapies (formerly ATAPS)

Psychological Therapies (formerly known as Access to Allied Psychological Services – ATAPS) has been reviewed and Brisbane South PHN has recognised the need to:

  • increase accessibility and equity of service provision for the community, in particular support the provision of the right services, in the right location for priority populations
  • increase clinical governance and operational oversight and monitoring of the program
  • strengthen opportunities for consumer feedback and develop more robust reporting and evaluation processes around consumer feedback
  • adopt innovative service approaches by embedding more flexibility into commissioning arrangements
  • promote the use of appropriate treatment modalities, matched to the mental health care needs of the community
  • develop greater stakeholder understanding of the programs including referral guidelines, eligibility and entry requirements
  • improve PHN business processes underpinning the program including a focus on greater consistency and the creation of an intake, assessment and triage system that is fit for purpose.
  • improve integration and continuity of care for clients between providers and health delivery partners such as General Practitioners, not for profit organisations and Hospital and Health Services.

Over the next few months steps are being undertaken to transition the current operations of the program to a new model which will involve outsourcing of the program.

It is envisaged that the new commissioned model will be operational from October 2017. Client continuity of care is paramount throughout this process and as such all service providers under the current model are contracted until January 2018. New referrals into the Psychological Therapies program under the current model will be accepted until 31 October 2017. Communication will be sent out to practices regarding the number of referral allocations they will have for this period of transition. From November,  all new referrals will then move to the new commissioned model of service. Further information will be communicated as it is made available.

For information on alternative pathways please click on the following links:

One Place Community Services Directory

My Mental Health Services Map


The Greater South Joint Mental Health Collaborative

Access to Psychological Therapies (formerly ATAPS)

For patients in crisis please refer to:

Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Or call your local emergency service 000

The Psychological Therapies program delivers short-term, goal-oriented psychological support for financially disadvantaged people and families. These services are for individuals who are experiencing common mental health disorders of mild to moderate severity.

How do I refer into this service?

You will need to complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan and a referral form to a mental health professional (MHP) who is contracted to Brisbane South PHN.

The Brisbane South PHN Mental Health Services team has contracted a number of experienced and skilled mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses and occupational therapists. All mental health professionals are registered with their professional bodies to provide high quality services as part of the Psychological Therapies program.

Approved providers

Click here for a list of referral templates.

AHP Directory July 2017

What types of services are available through Psychological Therapies?

General psychological services

Exclusion criteria

  • Patient has already been referred/accessing treatment under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative (Medicare Australia)
  • Patient has already accessed 12 Psychological Therapy sessions in a calendar year
  • Currently in crisis and at risk to themselves or others
  • Patient is an existing client of public mental health service
  • Patient has a primary diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Patient is actively experiencing psychotic or manic symptoms
  • Provide treatment and/or assessments for people diagnosed with a developmental or learning delay (including autism spectrum disorder)

Specific eligibility criteria

  • Clinical diagnosis of mental illness or for children aged 11 and under
  • For children be at significant risk of developing a mental, emotional and childhood behavioural disorder (although not necessarily diagnosed)
  • Low income (holders of HCC/Concession Card)
  • Could benefit from short term psychological intervention
  • Have a Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Referring GP has Brisbane South PHN referral allocations.

Number of sessions (per calendar year)

  • 1-6 initial sessions
  • 7 – 12 sessions following review and approval from Mental Health Services team.
Suicide prevention service

This service provides immediate treatment within 24-72 hours for people who:

  • after a suicide attempt or self harm incident have been discharged into the care of a GP from hospital
  • have presented to a GP after an incident of self harm
  • have expressed strong suicidal ideation to their GP
  • people considered at increased risk in the aftermath of a suicide
  • could benefit from short term psychological intervention
  • referring GP has Brisbane South PHN referral allocations.

Exclusion criteria

  • existing client of public mental health service
  • individuals at acute and immediate risk of suicide or self harm
  • individuals who have persistent or recurrent thoughts of self harm for months or years, as part of a mental disorder, and are at risk of acting on these thoughts
  • patient is actively experiencing psychotic or manic symptoms.

Number of sessions (per calendar year)

  • service is intended to provide immediate treatment within 24-72 hours
  • sessions over an eight week period.