Mental health support for bushfire-affected communities

Mental health support for bushfire-affected communities

February 3rd, 2020

Free mental health support for bushfire victims

In January 2020 the Australian Government announced a $76 million package to provide enhanced mental health services to Australians affected by the bushfires, offering immediate access to up to 10 psychological therapy sessions without the need for a referral or a mental health care plan.

SwiftDoc is offering access to these services bulk-billed through Medicare.

You are eligible if you are an Australian impacted by the Australian bushfires.  This includes:

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Emergency services personnel.

It also includes anyone who:

  • Lives in a bushfire-affected region,
  • Works in a bushfire-affected region, or,
  • Visited a bushfire-affected region.

You DO NOT need to have suffered financial loss as a result of bushfires to be eligible for these sessions.

If you, your children, or someone you know has suffered trauma, anxiety or distress as a result of the Australian bushfires we encourage you to take advantage of the mental health support these sessions provide.

Next steps:

SwiftDoc consultations are conducted via secure video link to your chosen device.  Book an appointment by selecting Doctor Consultation, then Bushfire Relief Mental Health Appointment from our list of available services.

Additional resources:

Prime Minister’s media release/announcement of scheme

Department of Health FAQ’s 

Department of Health additional information

This website does not provide medical advice.  It is intended for informational purposes only.  It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment.  If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately dial Triple 0 (000).


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