ADHD Psychiatrists in Victoria


Psychiatry Service for ADHD in Victoria

In Victoria, people are waiting longer to see psychiatrists for ADHD check-ups, sometimes for up to nine months. Not having ADHD diagnosed or treated can make life harder, affecting work, study, and personal relationships.

At Epsychiatry, we have two psychiatrists who can help with ADHD check-ups and give out medication in Victoria. Usually, you only have to wait 4 to 6 weeks to see a psychiatrist with us.

Referrals from GPs in Victoria

If you believe you're dealing with ADHD and it's affecting your life, you can ask your GP for a referral. Your GP can either fax it to us at 03 9005 8363 or email it to s[email protected].

We recommend you ask your GP for a copy of your referral. Sometimes, referrals sent by GPs don't reach our inbox. To avoid waiting longer for treatment, get in touch with us the day after your GP sends the referral to make sure we got it.

We handle ADHD check-ups on a first-come, first-serve basis, so confirming that we got your referral means you'll likely be seen earlier.

Understanding the Cost of an ADHD Assessment

An evaluation for ADHD usually requires one appointment. To make the assessment as effective as possible, we recommend you ask your GP to write a detailed letter describing your current symptoms and concerns. Also, we'll ask you to complete any questionnaires we send to you and provide any existing reports from psychologists you've seen previously.

While the cost for the first appointment is $875, it's essential to see it as an investment in understanding your mental health better. Once the assessment is complete, it can pave the way for personalised, effective treatment strategies that can significantly enhance your quality of life.

Remember, depending on whether you've met your Medicare Safety Net Threshold, your out-of-pocket expenses can vary between $125 and $629. If you're uncertain about whether you've reached your Medicare safety net threshold, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to make this process as straightforward and stress-free as possible for you.

Setting Up Your ADHD Assessment with Epsychiatry

We're dedicated to making your journey with us as easy and efficient as possible. Once we receive your referral, we'll go over the costs with you, match you with one of our psychiatrists who specialises in ADHD assessments in Victoria, and ask you to fill out a registration form and have a chat with us online.

We are an entirely online service that uses telehealth to assist patients. The advantage of this is that you save both money and time on travel, and we can offer you more flexible appointment slots. However, it can also present its unique challenges.

Every psychiatrist in our team has their own payment methods. Depending on which psychiatrist takes your referral, you might be asked to provide your credit card information to a secure third-party payment platform, or to make a bank transfer 72 hours before your appointment. This is becoming a standard practice as telehealth services are becoming more widespread around the world. Your GP in Victoria, and indeed most doctors, will likely have similar policies for online consultations.

ADHD Assessments During Evenings and Weekends

Our psychiatrist based in Melbourne understands the busy lives of our working adult ADHD clients. We know that many of you balance busy work schedules along with other commitments. With this in mind, we offer both Saturday and Sunday appointments as well as slots during weekday evenings. This flexibility allows us to cater to your needs more effectively, making our service more accessible and convenient for you. We believe this provision of weekend and evening appointments sets us apart, making our service a uniquely suitable choice for your needs.

Your Queries About the Upcoming ADHD Assessment in Victoria?

If you have any questions in your mind, your assigned onboarding coordinator is your point of contact. We have noticed that clients find it beneficial to have a dedicated coordinator who can help expedite appointments.

You can communicate with us via SMS, phone call, or email. Some frequently asked questions include:

  • What will my appointments cost?
    The cost varies depending on your place of residence and whether you've hit the Medicare Safety Net Threshold. Once we receive your referral, we can provide you with a more precise cost estimate.

  • Have I met the Medicare safety net threshold?
    Your out-of-pocket expenses for ADHD diagnosis and treatment will be considerably lower (up to 70% less) once you've hit the Medicare Safety Net. The Medicare Safety Net Threshold often makes specialist doctor appointments more affordable for many individuals. Get in touch with us, and we'll assist you in determining if you've reached the threshold.

  • Is there a cancellation list?
    Yes, both our ADHD psychiatrists in Victoria maintain cancellation lists. Indicate during your onboarding process if you'd like to be added to our cancellation list. This can be an effective way to secure an earlier appointment.

  • I already have a diagnosis; do I need another assessment?
    If you've previously been diagnosed with ADHD and treated by a psychiatrist, that will help accelerate the process. Please forward any previous psychiatrist reports or letters along with your referral. An initial appointment is still necessary, but our psychiatrists can utilise this additional data while formulating your treatment plan.

  • What happens after an ADHD assessment?
    If you are diagnosed with ADHD, the next steps often involve discussing treatment options. These could include medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy, lifestyle changes, or a combination of these.

Always remember that your psychiatrist is there to support you and answer any questions you may have. They want to ensure that your treatment is effective and fits with your lifestyle, so don't hesitate to bring up any concerns or inquiries you have.

What difference can ADHD treatment make?

ADHD treatment aims to manage symptoms, improve daily functioning, and enhance quality of life. It often involves a combination of medication, herapy, lifestyle modifications, and support. Here's what one might expect when their ADHD treatment is working effectively:

  • Improved Focus and Attention: One of the first signs that treatment is working is an increase in attention span and focus. This could mean being able to maintain concentration on tasks, follow through on projects, and avoid distractions. You should be less likely to pick up your phone mid conversation or open unnecessary tabs on your browser.

  • Better Impulse Control: Effective treatment should help reduce impulsive behavior. This might mean fewer instances of interrupting others, acting without thinking, or making rash decisions, such as impulsive online shopping.

  • Reduced Hyperactivity: For those with hyperactive symptoms, successful treatment might result in less restlessness or fidgeting on the couch watching TV.

  • Enhanced Organization Skills: With successful treatment, you might find it easier to organise tasks, manage time effectively and submit work on time.

  • Improved Relationships: By managing symptoms, individuals might experience better relationships, as there may be less conflict, more listening and improved under.standing

  • Better Academic or Work Performance: Treatment effectiveness is also indicated by improved grades, or improved work productivity and less frustrations at work.

  • Increased Self-Esteem: As individuals see improvements in their symptoms and daily functioning, they feel better about themselves, they can feel more confident in their abilities.

Remember, every person's experience with ADHD is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Adjustments might be needed over time to continue managing symptoms effectively. It's also important to note that treatment won't "cure" ADHD, but it can significantly reduce symptoms and improve functioning.