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Mental Health Transition Update – Targeted Psychological Therapies contracts awarded!

August 21, 2018

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN are pleased to announce that 18 providers will deliver Psychological Therapies Provided by Mental Health Professionals to Underserviced Groups within Primary Mental Health  Stepped Care.

Targeted Psychological Therapies (TPT) replaces the former Access to Allied Health Psychological Services (ATAPS) and Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA).

TPT is designed to complement MBS Better Access psychology services funded by Medicare, not be in place of these services. 

  • Support (up to three sessions) can be accessed as a Provisional referral prior to having a Mental Health Treatment Plan if the referral is urgent (within 24-48hrs), low risk of suicide, or a priority i.e. for young children;
  • Referrals can also be made for patients to access MBS Better Access through this referral process (these services are funded through MBS item numbers);
  • After a patient has exhausted all of their MBS Better Access sessions (maximum 6+4 Mental Health Treatment Plan MBS), and it is clinically appropriate for additional time, limited support of Up to five supplementary sessions can also be provided;
  • Some TPT providers  may deliver Groups where clinically appropriate and suited to the client.

Targeted Psychological Therapies Providers

Alexandra Bryant - Services Toowoomba with some outreach within Darling Down

Contact: Alex Bryant
Phone: 07 4637 9045 or 0438 840 782
Fax: 07 4642 1410

Artius - Services Ipswich and Lockyer Valley

Contact: Shayne Dearling
Phone: 1300 278 487
Fax: 07 3282 9103

Barry Sheehan - Services Jandowae

Contact: Barry Sheehan
Phone: 0417 752 768
Fax: 07 4632 4041

Centre for Healthy Living - Services Clifton, Allora, Killarney, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Inglewood, Wallangarra and the rural populations around these centres.

Contact: Gordana Sloss
Phone: 07 4661 3340
Fax: 07 4667 1333

Community Development Services (CDS) - Services Stanthorpe (commencing 1 October 2018)

Contact: Anna Walker 
Phone: 07 4681 3777
Fax: 07 4681 1927

Gillian Bensley - Services Allora, Clifton and Inglewood

Contact: Gillian Bensley
Phone: 0417 618 211

Health on Herries - Services Toowoomba and Pittsworth

Contact: Dr Sharon Wilkinson and Alan Bartlett 
Phone: 07 4637 9931
Email:  or
Fax: 07 4638 2789

Heather Lindsley - Services Dalby

Contact: Heather Lindsley
Phone: 0473 491 022

Helen Druce (Creative Holistic Counselling) - Services Chinchilla and Miles 

Contact: Helen Druce
Phone: 07 4665 5618 or 0427 974 761

Illuminable Minds - Services Toowoomba

Contact: Nadja Jones
Phone: 0459 606 717

Lainie Nicholson - Services South Burnett, specifically Kingaroy, Murgon and Blackbutt

Contact: Lainie Nicholson
Phone: 0411 024 834

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West - Services Toowoomba for DBT Group Program

Contact: Sarah Owens
Phone: 1300 991 443 or 0448 003 159 
Fax: 07 4699 1610

Lumsden Psychology - Services Toowoomba and Oakey (commencing 1 September 2018)

Contact: Marguerite Lumsden
Phone: 0427 647 847

Mindware Psychology - Services Toowoomba and accepts referrals from across the Darling Downs region

Contact: Veronica McKeon
Phone: 07 4646 4953 or 0426 294 015
Fax: 07 4646 2452

Nadine Hinchliff - Services Kingaroy with some outreach to Nanango. Telephone and telehealth outreach services are also offered for South Burnett.

Contact: Nadine Hinchliffe
Phone: 0408 369 103
Fax: 07 4163 5014

Rural Sky - Services the Goondiwindi region with outreach services provided to Inglewood. 

Contact: Kath Johnson and Suzie Collins
Phone: Kath 0475 391 260 or Suzie 0438 711 500

Searle Psychology & Mediation - Services Stanthorpe

Contact: Elizabeth Searle
Phone: 07 4681 4434

Therapy Pro - Services Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset including outreach services to these regions

Contact: Lara Strohfeldt
Phone: 1300 004 414

Eligibility Criteria

People must reside in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region, have a mild to moderate mental illness and fall into one of the following targeted demographics which focus on vulnerable cohorts, including (but not limited to):

  • children under the age of 12 years
  • people experiencing or at risk of, homelessness
  • women experiencing perinatal depression
  • people with intellectual disability (dual diagnosis)
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • population groups that are the subject of separate guidance material (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people at risk of suicide and young people).

Referral Pathway

Referrals are now open to all of the above providers (except for Community Development Services who will commence services 01 October 2018).

To refer patients into these services, please fill out the Mental Health Stepped Care Referral Form (Best PracticeMedical Director or editable PDF) and email or fax the form to the relevant provider above. 


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