Mental Health

Around 45% of Australians aged 16–85 will experience a common mental health-related condition such as depression, anxiety or a substance use disorder in their lifetime according to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

A shortage of mental health support and stigma surrounding mental illness can deeply affect people with a mental health issue. At OAMS we are conscious of the challenges of limited access to mental health services and irregular support to people living in regional communities such as Orange.

Psychiatry Services

Initially OAMS general practitioners are able to help people with mental illness, and can make referrals to specialist mental health services (Psychiatrist) when needed.

Our visiting Psychiatry specialist attends the OAMS clinic on a regular basis and we have strong ties to the mental health support services that are available in our community for additional care if needed.

OAMS Psychiatry services are available under the Rural Doctors Network Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program – an outreach program that supports a health professional providing a service to an urban or rural Aboriginal Community in a culturally appropriate setting.

Psychologist

Children, adolescent and adult psychologist services are available on a weekly basis.

OAMS assists children, adolescents and their families to manage:

  • Mood disorders (anxiety, depression)
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Eating disorders
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • MoHD
  • Social difficulties
  • Learning problems
  • Sleeping issues
  • Family break-up and relationship issues

Assessment and treatment services to assist adults manage:

  • Mood disorders (anxiety, Depression)
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep problems
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parenting issues
  • Work related stress issues
  • Motivational issues
  • ADHD
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

OAMS Psychology services are provided by Marathon Health and bulk billed. To access the service you will need to see one of OAMS’ GPs and be referred.