The Access to Allied Psychological Services Program (ATAPS) is a Commonwealth Government funded program established to assist patients in accessing mental health care with an Allied Health Provider. ATAPS is a short-term mental health intervention program, which provides access to effective, low cost treatment for people with mild to moderate mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, who may not otherwise be able to access the Medicare-subsidised mental health services. ATAPS offers short term interventions (up to 6 sessions) for eligible Northern Territory residents.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, there is no cost for the program.
Who we help
Northern Territory residents who are unable to afford psychological services, and who meet at least one of the following criteria:
experiencing anxiety, depression or stress
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples
women with perinatal depression
children under the age of 12
homeless or at risk of homelessness
at risk of suicide or self-harm
not currently in crisis
not a risk to themselves or others
How we help
The ATAPS Triage Service assesses referrals for program eligibility, and acts as the link between the referring agency or GP to the ATAPS service provider.
What is the referral process?
Referrals are primarily received from GPs and paediatricians. The referral will be emailed or faxed to the ATAPS Triage Service. Once the ATAPS Triage Service approves the referral as eligible for ATAPS services, the referral will be forwarded to an approved ATAPS Provider. The allocated provider will make contact with you to organise an appointment. If you have not heard from the service provider within 2 weeks, please contact your GP. Your GP will be notified if your referral has been assessed as not eligible for ATAPS, and should make contact with you to discuss alternative options.
Email contact is preferred, however phone enquiries may be received.
Email: ATAPS.Triage@catholiccarent.org.au Phone: 1800 899 855 Fax: (08) 8944 2099