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How to Refer a Patient

Requirements for Referral to Gidget Foundation Australia

In order to access our service, we require the completion of a Gidget Foundation Australia GP Referral and Mental Health Care Plan.

Before completing your referral, please review our Eligibility Criteria to ensure we are the most suitable service for your patient.

If you are referring a patient to our service for their initial 6 sessions under Better Access, please complete the GP Initial Referral and Mental Health Care Plan.

If you are providing a re-referral for additional sessions, subsequent to the initial 6 sessions under their existing Mental Health Care Plan, please complete the GP Re-Referral Form.

What can my patient expect once the Referral and Mental Health Care Plan have been completed?

Your patient will receive a call from us advising that their documentation has been received. If there is no waitlist at their nearest Gidget House location, booking options will be discussed. If there is a waitlist at their nearest Gidget House location, information on an estimated wait time will be discussed and the patient will be added to the waitlist.

Waitlist Process 

When there is availability with a Clinician, the next client on the waitlist will be contacted and we will proceed to book them into the Gidget Foundation Australia Clinician diary for psychological services.

Please note: We attempt to contact each new referral within a reasonable time period. As we receive a high volume of referrals, we welcome your patient to contact us on completion of their referral so we can expedite their process. Please provide your patient with our central booking number: 1300 851 758, or our email: contact@gidgethouse.org.au

PATIENT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Our services are provided to men and women throughout the perinatal period: from conception up until the baby is 12 months old. We offer support to those experiencing, or at risk of developing, mild-moderate perinatal depression, anxiety or stress-related disorders. Support is also provided to expectant and new parents, and their partners, who have experienced birth trauma or pregnancy related loss, e.g. stillbirth, miscarriage, or termination.

To ensure that families receive the most appropriate and specialised care, we are unable to accept referrals of cases featuring:

– Current or enduring psychotic illness;
– Current suicidal or homicidal ideation;
– Current child protection issues involving Family and Community Services;
– Current alcohol or other drug abuse;
– Current, or recent history of, family violence; or
– Current family custody disputes involving legal proceedings.

Please download our WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT fact sheet for your patients. 

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