Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Introducing MindSpot:

A new and free online mental health clinic developed by Macquarie University and funded by the Federal Government.
By Motherpedia
Date: May 06 2013
Editor Rating:

Australia now has its first free online and telephone mental health clinic, MindSpot.

It provides confidential assistance to people nationally via the Internet, phone or e-mail. It also includes an online Anxiety Quiz, Depression Quiz and screening assessment.

MindSpot has been developed by a team of national and international experts led by researchers from Macquarie University and is fully funded by the Federal Government as part of the Government’s mental health reform package to improve access and expand mental health services in remote areas across Australia.

“MindSpot allows people from all over Australia to access quality mental health care. It provides a powerful complement to traditional face-to-face services,” says MindSpot Project Director, Associate Professor Nick Titov.

"Many Australians with worry, stress, anxiety, low mood and depression have difficulty getting assessment or treatment. We established the MindSpot Clinic to help. 

“Our online services complement face-to-face mental health support and the existing automated online teleweb programs, which are available through the online mental health portal, mindhealthconnect,” says A/Professor Titov.

He said that the courses of treatment available were developed and tested at the university's Centre for Emotional Health in clinical trials with people from all over Australia.

Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, and Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health, Melissa Parke, hailed MindSpot as a great innovation that will make a difference to the lives of around 38,000 people over the next three years.

“MindSpot won’t just be a one-size-fits-all service; it will carefully assess each client so they receive the right care for their needs,” said Ms Parke.

Mr Butler said many Australians with mental illness have difficulty accessing the treatment they need due to social or geographical isolation and the stigma associated with mental illness.

“MindSpot will help many Australians take their first steps toward improving their mental health,” Mr Butler said.

The Australian Government has invested $16.4 million over three years in MindSpot.

* * *

Check out MindSpot here or call them on 1800 61 44 34.

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Recent Comments
8 Total Comments
Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:33343

Your Comment has been posted
Related Articles
A simple self-test increases diagnostic accuracy of bipolar disorder and…
Read more
Ageing Minister, Mark Butler, honoured with international award for support…
Read more
It was encouraging to hear Prime Minister Julia Gillard reiterate…
Read more
$6.72 a week is not much to help pay for…
Read more
Vtech giveaway motherpedia

Win 1 of 3 VTech Toys Pack Giveaway
Playtime is so much more with VTech


Win 1-of-3 Trolls Prize Packs Giveaway
Let's get artsy with the Trolls!

Oral health for pregnant women - motherpedia

6 Early and Unusual Things Women Experience During Pregnancy
Are any of these familiar?

Booties-2047596 640

Baby shower gifts that expecting mums will love
Buy these for mum-to-be!

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie Experiences at East Village
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Motherpedia cover

More Than Fundraising
Why Events Like Relay for Life are Important

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie…
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?


Navman shows parents the…
FREE online seminar for parents on best practices for instructing a learner driver


Head to Thredbo for…
Don't miss the LEGO Friends Snow Festival!