Telephone and online video counselling sessions now available
The stress from current events can challenge our resilience, our relationships, can affect children's behaviour and can make us more susceptible to depression, anxiety and trauma.
Please call me on 0429 190 210 to discuss your situation and to find a way that you can access this service
Due to increasing public health concerns we have decided to start meeting with clients remotely via phone or zoom (vid conference) and not to have face to face sessions.
These are drastic measures to take, as the far reaching impacts of this pandemic on countries, economies, businesses, communities and individuals is unprecedented.
Just to give you a sense of the traffic through our clinic on a busy day, between the two of us on a busy day we could have approximately 20 people using the bathroom and waiting room throughout the day.
About 25% of my caseload are people over 60 years of age, and next week within a 48 hour period I have clients who have been in hospital, work in hospitals, clients whose health is compromised, children and an elderly couple over 75 years old.
The new Government recommendations are for social distancing of at least 1.5 metres and no handshaking.
Considering these health related factors, we have decided the most socially responsible thing to do is start working remotely until we "flatten the curve".
If you have a Mental Health Care Plan, there may be restrictions on rebates doing phone or Telehealth (Video online) consultations, depending on where you live, particularly suburbs around Lismore and Ballina. Suburbs in the Byron Shire remain unchanged. Please call me to discuss this further.
The Australian Government has unveiled a $2.4 billion health package to protect all Australians, including vulnerable groups such as the elderly, those with chronic conditions and Indigenous communities, from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As part of this package $100 million will fund a new Medicare service for people in home isolation or quarantine to receive health consultations via the phone or video such as FaceTime or Skype. The telehealth service will help contain the spread of the virus, it will be at no cost to patients and will be available from Friday 13 March.
This Medicare bulk-billed video-conference consultation and services, can be provided by GPs, specialists, consultant physicians, consultant psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and allied mental health workers for certain vulnerable people.
Vulnerable/isolated patients are those where at least one of the following apply:
- The person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 virus but who is not a patient of a hospital; or
- The person has been required to isolate themselves in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by (AHPPC); or
- The person is considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus being a person who is:
- at least 70 years old; or
- at least 50 years old and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
- is pregnant; or
- is a parent of a child under 12 months; or
- is already under treatment for chronic health conditions or is immune compromised.
Steve Marriott provides counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents who live in the Northern Rivers of NSW, or online.