Getting in touch with a Psychologist or Psychiatrist you can feel at ease with is one of the first hurdles you may face when seeking a referral. Justice 4 Workers Qld often receives positive feedback from clients about particular medical practitioners, and we are happy to pass those details on if you are feeling overwhelmed about where to begin.
There are many highly recommended treatment clinics and specialists throughout Queensland, as well as retreats that offer wellbeing programs.
Those listed below are only a few of the treatment providers. Please contact us for other psychologists or psychiatrists who have been recommended by our clients, including practitioners who have an understanding of the specific operational and organisational stressors often experienced by emergency service workers.
Private Health Clinics
The Cairns Clinic
Owned by Ramsay Health, the Cairns Clinic is private health care facility located within a building that was previously a resort. The accommodation consists of private rooms with a double bed and ensuite, with shared areas including a TV room, dining room, and swimming pool surrounded by timber decking and a gazebo. All you need is a referral from your treating practitioner. Please check with your private health fund if you are covered for this service. The clinic offers in-patient and outpatient services for PTSD and associated conditions including substance abuse.
253 Sheridan Street
CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone: 07 4050 7000
Fax: 07 4050 7001
There are a number of other private mental health care clinics throughout Queensland. These are located on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Townsville. Please contact Justice4Workers Qld for further details.
Psychologists and Counsellors
Character Care is a new vibrant mental health support service located in Moorooka, Brisbane. Their therapists have become ancillary providers through the Police Health Fund in light of the new agreements arranged with Australian Counselling Association and the Police Health Fund. Character Care’s philosophies reside in the “Client Expert” view where they encourage the people they care for understand themselves and preferred futures. Character Care’s objective is to support their community with a different feel to therapy by challenging the status quo. They are an external provider with no obligations to any organisations associated with the Queensland Police Service. Please check your level of private health cover with Police Health Fund to find out if you are covered for counselling and psychology services offered by Character Care.
Stephen Heydt – Clinical Psychologist
Healthy Minds Psychologists
Stephen is highly experienced in treating police with chronic PTSD. He has a thorough understanding of the organisational and operational issues police are confronted with.
Since 1981, Stephen has specialised in working both with survivors of human and natural violence and with people with moderate to severe cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural disturbance across the developmental continuum. Trauma clients have included children and adult victims and family members of victims, refugees, civilians, military, emergency services and government personnel and bystanders involved in violence, warfare, other political conflict, individual and mass homicides, sexual and other assaults, suicides, torture, religious cults, transport and industrial accidents and natural disasters.
From 1998 to 2003 Stephen worked in remote communities or the Northern Territory including with members of the Stolen Generation.
From 2003 to 2009 Stephen worked in Central and South East Asia and the Middle East with victims of conflict, child soldiers, freedom fighters, refugees, village communities and others with all mental health conditions. This included responsibility for the provision of services to one and a half million refugees in the Middle East.
Over his career Stephen has conducted over twenty thousand therapeutic consultations, as well as supervising trainees and practitioners, conducting training and public information sessions, managing mental health programmes and providing expert reports around the world. In addition to his therapeutic work, Stephen provides reports for legal matters in the Family and other courts. He has been expressly commended by presiding judges in several recent matters.
Stephen is a Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.
The Gap QLD 4700
Phone: 07) 3300 4374
Fax: 07) 3511 1346
Dr Vanessa Ghea M.A.P.S
Vanessa is incredibly supportive, honest and understanding of the issues emergency services staff are faced with. She is extremely easy to talk to and is highly recommended for anyone who is seeking a reputable and highly skilled psychologist. Vanessa is also able to conduct appointments via skype or phone, however such services do not attract a Medicare rebate.
Rockhampton City Psychology
Suite 6, Tannachy Centre
49 Bolsover Street
ROCKHAMPTON QLD 4700
PO Box 4123 Rockhampton Hospital
ROCKHAMPTON QLD 4700
Phone: (07) 4922 6266
Fax: (07) 4922 6299
Mavis Derman B.Sc., B.A. (Honours), M.A. (Clin. Psych.), M.A.P.S
Mavis makes you feel comfortable and at ease with her genuine and compassionate approach to psychological treatment. She provides honest advice and has a very good insight into matters that adversely impact upon the psychological health of Queensland Police Officers.
Specialist Medical Centre
207 Lake Street
CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone: 0438 403 186
Fax: (02) 8076 7633
Dr Hugh Levien (Toowong)
Dr Levien is a senior psychiatrist with more than thirty years experience. He is a senior visiting specialist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and is an experienced practitioner in treating both Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Affective Disorder and also Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr Levien is also an independent appointed psychiatric specialist for WorkCover Queensland both in terms of conducting independent medico/legal reports and also treating patients referred by their general practitioner but covered by a WorkCover Queensland claim.
The Heathwood Medical Clinic
2/10 Benson Street
TOOWONG QLD 4066
PO Box 1548
TOOWONG QLD 4066
Phone: (07) 3870 7133
Blue Hope (Helping Out Police Everywhere)
Blue Hope provides support to current and former Australian police officers (and their families) who are suffering with mental illness.
Phone: 1300 00 2583
Quest For Life – Moving Beyond Trauma Residential Program
“Drawing on an understanding of trauma, its effect on the brain, and simple techniques of yoga, mindfulness, relaxation and meditation, you will learn practical skills and tools which bring relief to the troubled body, mind and spirit. Throughout the retreat you will explore and experience methods to use in everyday life for healing the nervous system and managing the mind and emotions. With regular practice of what you will learn on the retreat, the intensity of PTSD symptoms can be managed and significantly reduced, restoring hope and quality of life”. (Extract from Quest For Life website).
Quest For Life have advised that workers’ compensation insurers may pay the full cost for employees to attend these programs, provided they have an approved workers’ compensation claim. DVA will cover the cost for veterans and Quest For Life are also a National Disability Insurance Scheme provider.
Phone: 1300 941 488
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (Gold Coast)
192 Syndicate Road
TALLEBUDGERA VALLEY QLD 4228
Phone: 07) 5589 5056
Fax: 07) 5533 8378