Psychology Services for Aged Care Residents

Helping with the emotional transition into a facility, as well as with feelings of sadness, worry and distress.

Hunter Primary Care Psychologists visit Residential Aged Care Facilities and provide assessment, individual  therapy, or group work to residents with mild to moderate mental health issues.

Common presenting issues that residents have been referred for include:

  • Anxiety management;
  • Grief and loss;
  • Depression;
  • Pain management; or
  • Adjustment problems, such as difficulty coping with a health condition, sensory loss, functional decline or transitioning into living in aged care.

This service is free of charge for residents and facilities.

The number and length of sessions provided are based on ability of the resident to benefit from psychological intervention.  Feedback and recommendations from the sessions are provided in a letter to the GP. Verbal information can be provided to aged care staff with the permission of the resident.

How to Refer?

GP referrals are accepted for residents by sending a brief referral letter to Hunter Primary Care Psychology Services.  Please indicate that the service is required in Residential Aged Care and send via our confidential fax number (02) 4929 7072.  A Mental Health Care Plan is not required for referring residents.

Nurse initiated referrals are also accepted if the treating GP approves of their patient being seen by a psychologist.

For further information about this service and resident eligibility, please contact Hunter Primary care on (02) 4925 2259 or email

Click here for a copy of the Psychology Services Aged Care Program Brochure.