Sometimes your patient may feel more comfortable consulting a mental health clinician from a similar cultural and/or linguistic background as their own. This approach will not necessarily suit every patient, however, if you believe that your patient could benefit from seeing someone from a similar background the following organisations can help you find bilingual and bicultural mental health professionals.
- Transcultural Mental Health Centre, Clinical Consultation and Assessment Service
Our Clinical Consultation and Assessment Service provides short term clinical intervention using bilingual clinicians. If you are a mental health professionals from a NSW Health public mental health service, please contact us on 9912 3851 or Toll free 1800 648 941 to discuss making a referral.
- Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
The AASW Directory for Social Workers lists AASW Members who have elected to make their details available to the public. The Directory can be searched by language preference.
- Australian Psychological Society (APS)
The APS 'Find a Psychologist' database lists psychologists throughout Australia. Results can be filtered by client type, medicare status, secure messaging, NDIS, gender, appointment times, languages, APS Colleges and more.
- Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association (CAPA) of New South Wales Inc.
The CAPA Therapist Directory lists counselling and psychotherapy services anywhere in NSW to help with relationship counselling, marriage counselling, addiction and any other counselling or psychotherapy support. The Directory can be searched by postcode, name, specialty and language.
- Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC)
The DAMEC Directory provides listings of bilingual alcohol, other drug and mental health professionals. The directory can be searched by category, name, language and suburb.
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
'Find a Psychiatrist' is a directory of psychiatrists working in private practice in Australia. The directory can be searched by location, language, problem area and practice details.
Other peak bodies of professional or ethnic groups as well as Migrant Resource Centres and religious organisations may also be able to assist you to locate appropriate service providers. Visit Specialist Services for Migrants and Refugees for more information.
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