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Medicare for Skype Appointments (Update)

Medicare for Skype Appointments (Update)

I am happy to follow up on a previous post I made on this website last April (Medicare for Skype Appointments) by reporting it is now possible for people living in regional and remote parts of Australia to claim Medicare Rebates for psychological services delivered via the internet, using technologies such as Skype and FaceTime. […]

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Medicare for Skype Appointments

Medicare for Skype Appointments

Last Wednesday the Australian Government announced that people who live in regional and remote areas of Australia will soon be able to use Medicare to access psychologists and psychiatrists via video calling services such as Skype and FaceTime. This announcement is welcome news indeed, and in my opinion long overdue. Many of our clients travel […]

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What is EMDR?

What is EMDR?

Introduction to EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed for working   with distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked.  These traumatic […]

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CBT – What is it?

CBT – What is it?

Introduction to CBT   Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short, is a psychological treatment that was developed using sound scientific research. All the components of CBT have been tested by researchers to determine their effectiveness and that they do what they are intended to do. CBT has been shown by researchers to be one […]

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Lifting the Medicare Rebate Freeze for Better Mental Health

Lifting the Medicare Rebate Freeze for Better Mental Health

Lifting the Medicare Rebate Freeze for Better Mental Health   The Medicare Rebate freeze was put in place in 2013 by the Labor Government of the time as a way to save tax payers $644 million dollars. The current Prime Minister and Health Minister have publicly stated that lifting the Medicare freeze would be considered […]

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Why It’s Important to Have a Formal Diagnosis

Why It’s Important to Have a Formal Diagnosis

What Are Special Needs? ‘Special needs’ is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of conditions affecting people of all ages. The conditions it describes are related in that those with special needs require extra assistance and resources to live in ‘regular’ society. This extra help may be needed throughout a person’s life. In […]

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Some Information About Dyslexia

Some Information About Dyslexia

What is dyslexia?   Dyslexia is often referred to as a language based learning disability. It is the most common form of learning disability. Approximately 16% of the population has a learning disability and Individuals with dyslexia usually have difficulty with receptive oral language skills, expressive oral language skills, reading, spelling, or written expression. Dyslexia […]

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Intense Interests and the Autistic Spectrum

Intense Interests and the Autistic Spectrum

A new study published online provides insight into the intense interests exhibited by those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). In summary, they can be a very positive thing.   The intense interests exhibited by those with ASC are often seen as a barrier to education and gainful employment. If harnessed correctly, however, they can often […]

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DEVELOPING FRIENDSHIP SKILLS IN CHILDREN WITH ASD

DEVELOPING FRIENDSHIP SKILLS IN CHILDREN WITH ASD

TODDLERS   PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO: Interact socially with a variety of people to increase awareness of others Develop joint attention, which is fundamental to communication, by looking at and talking about the same thing Identify the start and end of play sessions. This helps to develop transitioning skills Use objects or topics of special interest. […]

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RAISING A CHILD ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

RAISING A CHILD ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

New research tells us that one in 88 people display features which place them on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). We have been hearing more and more about A utism, particularly Asperger’s Syndrome, a sub-group of the Autism Spectrum, through the media over the past few years and many people know of someone on the Autism […]

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