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Medicare Mental Health Centres

Medicare Mental Health Centre Mount Gambier

Mental health support for adults in the Limestone Coast region

Adults in the Limestone Coast region can access on-the-spot care, advice and support in a friendly and welcoming environment, during times of distress or as mental health needs emerge – without the need for a referral.

Medicare Mental Health Centres are funded by the Australian Government. The Centre in Mount Gambier is operated by FocusOne Health.

Adults in the Limestone Coast region can access on-the-spot care, advice and support in a friendly and welcoming environment, during times of distress or as mental health needs emerge – without the need for a referral.

Medicare Mental Health Centres are funded by the Australian Government. The Centre in Mount Gambier is operated by FocusOne Health.

Visiting the Medicare Mental
Health Centre

You don’t need an appointment to go to the Medicare Mental Health Centre. Visit the centre:

  • for immediate advice and mental health support
  • to talk to someone if you are in distress
  • for assistance to find available mental health services in your local community
  • for a comprehensive assessment if required 
  • to get information and advice for family, friends, and carers of people in need of mental health support

The service is provided by a team of peer-led recovery and clinical support professionals.

Location

Medicare Mental Health Centre Mount Gambier is located at Unit 7, 165 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier.

Services are open 5 days a week from 9am – 5pm.

There is no charge, and no appointments are necessary.


Medicare Mental Health Centre Port Pirie

Coming soon in 2024 a new centre opening in Port Pirie 

Neami National is set to open a safe and welcoming new service in Port Pirie for the community to get free, walk-in mental health support.

More information will be available soon – stay connected with Country SA PHN and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Medicare Mental Health Centres Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Do I need to make an appointment to visit a Medicare Mental Health Centre?

You do not need to make an appointment to visit a Medicare Mental Health Centre. When you arrive, a trained mental health professional will take the time to talk to you and understand your immediate needs. An appointment may be made for further care after this initial conversation.

What type of support can I receive from a Medicare Mental Health Centre?

Medicare Mental Health Centre sites provide free and immediate mental health support for people in distress or crisis, and short to medium-term mental health care for people who need it.

Medicare Mental Health Centre staff will talk with you about your individual concerns to identify the support you need. This may involve receiving mental health care from a Medicare Mental Health Centre site or referring you to other services and supports available in your region.

Medicare Mental Health take a broad approach when considering your circumstances, mental health and wellbeing, recognising that there are many factors that can have a negative impact on someone’s wellbeing. Whether you have experienced mental ill-health in the past, or if this is the first time you have reached out for support, Medicare Mental Health is here to help.

Are Medicare Mental Health Centre services free?

All Medicare Mental Health Centre services are free. If we believe you will benefit from the support of another provider, where possible, we will ensure this is also a free or low-cost service.

Is there a limit on how many services I can access or for how long I can use services?

Medicare Mental Health Centre sites offer immediate, short and medium-term care and can help you find the most appropriate services for your ongoing needs. This may be support offered from one or more services, depending on what’s best for you.

Your initial conversation with a mental health professional will help to understand your individual circumstances. Medicare Mental Health is not intended to duplicate existing services or provide long-term care. If you need long-term care, Medicare Mental Health will help you find the support you need.

Who can refer to Medicare Mental Health Centre sites?

Medicare Mental Health Centre services are available to everyone, at no cost. An individual or their referring provider can call 
1800 595 212 for advice and with their consent, referral into the most appropriate local service.