COVID 19 UPDATE - OCTOBER 2020
Please see below for an updated on the latest adjustments to our clinic practices in line with public health measures designed to tackle COVID-19.
We understand it has been a challenging year for most and many clients are keen to return for in office appointments when possible. The health department continues to encourage people to work from home and engage in appointments via telehealth if appropriate so if this has been working well for you we support your continues use of telehealth.
Focused Psychology has a completed covid safe plan and practices are now in place to allow for clients to attend the office for appointments as needed. We would like to inform you of what is in place so you can make an informed decision regarding whether you attend in office appointments or continue to access telehealth via zoom or phone.
The following health and hygiene measures are in place in our office to make it as covid safe as possible for clients and practitioners:
- Amy and Tara are required to wear medical grade disposable masks and eye protection.
- Clients are required to wear face coverings (unless exemptions apply)
- Hand sanitising stations at office entry point and available in session
- Waiting room seating limited and spaced to allow for social distancing (minimum 1.5 metres)
- Frequent cleaning of surfaces, entry points and shared spaces and this is recorded on a cleaning log.
- Clients are not permitted to arrive early for sessions to minimise numbers in the waiting area
- Additional people are not permitted to attend the clinic if they will not be joining in the session or are support workers/carers
Importantly our psychologists and clients will be asked to agree to the following:
- I will not attend the office if I am experiencing COVID symptoms (high temperature, acute respiratory illness) and will follow medical advice (stay home / get tested).
- If I am informed I am a positive case and have attended the clinic in the past 14 days I will inform Focused Psychology who will enact their COVID safe plan
- If we are informed that a positive case (psychologist or client) that has attended our clinic in the previous 14 days then in the interests of public safety Focused Psychology will be required to cooperate with public health authorities and this may include providing details of those who have attended the office to DHHS for contract tracing. We hope to do this with your permission and if you do not agree we ask that you continue to attend sessions by telehealth.
- All client clinical information will remain strictly confidential as only contact details are required to be passed on to contact tracing teams as is the case in restaurants and other services.
We encourage our clients to reflect on their own particular circumstances when deciding whether face-to-face or telehealth (video or phone) sessions are best suited to them at this time. We understand that everyones situation is unique and are very happy to now be able to offer more flexibility in our appointments to best meet everyones needs.
We thank you for your understanding, patience and will continue to keep you updated.
We also urge anyone experiencing distress related to COVID 19 to speak with their GP, our clinicians Amy and Tara or contact one of help lines listed below. Our practice is committed to supporting front line staff and those facing financial hardship where possible so please contact us to discuss your needs.
Geelong Clinical Psychologists Amy Joyce and Tara Gannon at Focused Psychology provide a full range of clinical psychology services.
Our warm, empathic, professional and skilled approach encompasses a belief that everyone has the ability to learn more helpful ways of coping and improve the quality of their life. We believe that the therapeutic relationship is key in healing and achieving meaningful and lasting change. Tara and Amy ensure a safe, non-judgemental, culturally sensitive and family inclusive therapy and uphold the highest professional and ethical standards.
We are skilled in the provision of a wide range of treatments for mental health issues and life's many challenges. We work with our clients to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties, provide a diagnosis where relevant, discuss evidence based therapy options and provide therapy to work toward improving mental health and wellbeing.
We provide clinical psychology treatment to adolescents and adults across:
- Mood disorders
- Trauma (including: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD, Complex and developmental Trauma C-PTSD and sexual abuse)
- Attachment disturbances
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Stress and burnout
- Work related concerns
- General social and interpersonal difficulties
If you are referred by a GP or Psychiatrist with a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), our fees range from $180 to $200 (gap fee the patient pays after receiving a Medicare rebate is $55.50 and $73.50 respectively). Our standard consultation is 50 minutes. Payment is due on the day of the consultation and we generally can process your rebate on the day. Please note that at times, due to systems beyond our control, you may have to manually claim the rebate after your session.
We also offer bulk billing for those on a concession card or facing financial hardship. Bulk billing appointments are limited and only available during week days and during business hours(10am until 4pm).
We are also registered TAC, WorkSafe and Department of Veteran affairs (DVA) providers and accept private payment from other third parties, which must be arranged prior to your first appointment.
Please note that we accept referrals under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), however clients will need to have 'plan managed' or 'self managed' plans with regard to their psychology items:
(Therapeutic supports / Assessment, Recommendation,Therapy And/Or Training (Incl.AT) - Psychology Improved daily living skills/ 15_054_0128_1_3 )