Mental health problem that significantly affects how a person thinks, behaves and interacts with other people. One in 5 Australians will suffer from a mental illness in any given year. A mental health problem also affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, but to a lesser extent than a mental illness. Mental illnesses are of different types and degrees of severity. Some of the major types are:

  • anxiety
  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar mood disorder
  • personality disorders
  • eating disorders
  • depression
Mental Health


These illnesses may also be referred to as a mental disorder, mental impairment or psychiatric disability. Mental illness results from complex interactions between the mind, body and environment. Factors which can contribute to mental illness are:

  • long-term and acute stress
  • biological factors such as genetics, chemistry and hormones
  • use of alcohol, drugs and other substances
  • cognitive patterns such as constant negative thoughts and low self esteem
  • social factors such as isolation, financial problems, family breakdown or violence
Our Doctors specialise in various areas including pain management, trauma and work health, substance misuse, as well a wide range of mental health worries and problems to do with relationships, children, families, parent’s, work stress, difficult emotions and feelings, grief and loss (including the elderly), anxiety and depression. Mental Health Care Plans are available and involve you and your doctor discussing your medical history, lifestyle and social situation to better understand why you are feeling the way you do. The GP Mental Health Care Plan is tailored to your needs to decide the approach required to improve your mental health. If you have a Mental Health Care Plan in place you maybe referred for Medicare funded sessions with either one of our Psychologists or one of your choice. We have Psychologists on site to assist you

For more information

  • Mental Health Australia– Is a national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians
  • Mental Health Victoria– Is an organisation that works to deepen understanding of the importance of mental wellbeing. Educating the community about available treatment options for mental

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