Have a yarn about your social and emotional wellbeing

Hunter Primary Care have many experienced psychologists and clinical psychologists who are committed to providing culturally safe, appropriate and responsive services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, their families and communities. Our psychologists have undertaken cultural competency training and work closely with the Hunter Primary Care Closing the Gap team to provide better access and support, to provide a respectful and non-judgemental therapeutic environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Hunter Primary Care provides culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who experience, or are at risk of developing a mental illness.

Services are provided at our head office in Newcastle, as well as our outreach offices in East Lake Macquarie (Jewells), West Lake Macquarie (Nikinpa Centre near Toronto), Maitland, Port Stephens (Medowie), Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, and Singleton.

Rural services are provided at Port Stephens (Nelson Bay), Muswellbrook, and Scone by our sub-contracted providers. Refer to the Rural Services page for more information.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are eligible for an initial six sessions with the option of a further six sessions after a GP review. In exceptional circumstances an additional 6 sessions are available.

Note: Exceptional circumstances are defined as a significant change in the person’s clinical condition or care circumstances which make it appropriate and necessary to increase the maximum number of services. It is up to the discretion of the referring practitioner, to determine that the person meets these requirements.

There is no cost to the patient to access any of the programs.

Please send a completed GP mental health care plan and/or comprehensive referral letter to Hunter Primary Care Psychology Services on the confidential fax number (02) 4929 7072.

Referrals are reviewed daily by an experienced clinician, to ensure that our service is appropriate to meet the patient’s needs. In cases where we are unable to meet the patient’s needs, we will contact you to suggest a more appropriate service. To assist efficient processing of referrals, please provide comprehensive details of the assessment and treatment plan.

If you would like to speak to someone about a referral or are wondering whether a referral may be appropriate, please contact the Referral Management Team on (02) 4926 0529 (available every afternoon).

For further information about this service, please contact Philip Carr on (02) 4926 0529 or email pcarr@hunterprimarycare.com.au.

Click here for a copy of the GP Yarn brochure.