Access To Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

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What is the ATAPS Program?

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program is funded by the Commonwealth Government and provides access to fully funded psychological support for eligible people. People are able to access up to 12 one-on-one (or up to 18 in exceptional circumstances) and 12 group-based psychological sessions per calendar year.

ATAPS provides funded, short-term psychological support to people who may otherwise be unable to access services.

Who can access the ATAPS Program: 

  • People who are less able to pay fees & co-payments
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • People who are homelessness or at risk of homelessness
  • People in rural and remote locations
  • People who have self harmed, attempted suicide or have suicide ideation
  • People who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Children (under 12) and their families
  • Women with perinatal depression
  • People affected by an extreme climatic event
  • People affected by forced adoption

General Practitioners (GPs) may refer using a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) and a referral letter addressed to Artius. Client eligibility is determined by the Department of Health's operational guidelines and program management. Once the referral has been sent to Artius, we will contact the client to book an initial appointment.


Child ATAPS Program

ATAPS provides funded, short-term psychological support to children up to 12 years old and their families who have, or are at risk of developing a mental, childhood behavioural or emotional disorder.

ATAPS Child Mental Health Service Clinical Support Service – 1800 031 185
The ATAPS CMHS National Clinical Support Service was established on 7 January 2013, and is designed to provide clinical support to mental health professionals providing clinical services to ATAPS CMHS clients and their families. The Australian Psychology Society (APS) has been funded by the Department of Health and Ageing to provide this service from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

ATAPS mental health professionals will receive debriefing and support, clinical advice and access to resources when using the Support Service. The Support Service is available free of charge to all mental health professionals delivering services under ATAPS CMHS initiative. It is important to note that while the Support Service has been designed to provide clinical support and assistance, this service is not a clinical supervision arrangement of a crisis emergency service.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ATAPS Program

The ATAPS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Service provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have, or are at risk of developing, a mild to moderate mental disorder, access to short term focussed psychological strategy services.The Australian Government is committed to Closing the Gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders receive high quality mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention services delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.


Suicide Prevention ATAPS Program

The ATAPS Suicide Prevention Service provides short-term support to people in the community who are at mild to moderate risk of suicide or self-harm. Individuals who are at acute risk of suicide or self harm should be referred immediately to the relevant State or Territory Government acute care mental health team (or equivalent).


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