Dr Dawborn is a GP with counselling qualifications, so can provide counselling & psychotherapy under medicare without referral.
GPs can also refer you to see Dr Dawborn (who is himself a Medical Practitioner) under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. Dr Dawborn can see people with mild, moderate or severe mental health issues – initially under a mental health plan for 10-16 sessions.
For people with moderate to severe conditions, counselling or psychotherapy including other treatment can continue using GP item Number 44. This allows people with more severe conditions to undergo longer term therapy. Because of the Medicare Safety Net Threshold longer term therapy is very affordable.
Dr Dawborn’s practice caters for patients who are seeking psychotherapy as their main treatment modality. He prescribes anti-anxiety, antidepressant and antipsychotic medication for some of his psychotherapy patients.