Referrer Information

Psychiatry Referrals

How do I send a referral?


We prefer to receive referrals via Healthlink (ID; dolphint). Alternatively, fax it to us at 02 9167 7119 or please email it to us.

Should I include the parent on a child or adolescent referral?


Yes, please refer the young person as well as one or both parents for Psychiatry referrals. This way we can also work with parents individually if necessary.

What do I need to provide for a perinatal or infant mental health referral?


Please include:


  • Gestation (perinatal)

  • EPDS Score (perinatal or postnatal)

  • Name of infant (postnatal)

  • Baby’s age in weeks (postnatal)

Will all referrals be accepted?


Due to our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients, we cannot always accept all referrals. Please note while we do not provide a reason for not accepting a referral, usually, it is based on patients already on the books and our practitioners' capacity to take on new referrals.

What are the rebates for psychotherapy?


Medicare allows our psychiatrist to provide up to 50 sessions per calendar year that are eligible for Medicare rebate. Medicare Safety Nets provides higher rebates (80%) once out of pocket expenses reach a certain threshold. Most costs will be rebated after approximately 10-12 sessions with Safety Net for eligible medicare cardholders. 


Our psychologist can provide up to 10 sessions under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan.


Can patients refer themselves?

Self-referral is an option for seeing a psychologist but it’s unlikely the patient would be able to claim Medicare or other rebates. Our psychiatrists do not accept patients without referrals. If you do not want to claim Medicare for privacy reasons, get a private (confidential) referral from your GP.


Referrals to Dr Makielan

Dr Makielen is open for referrals for short, medium and long-term Psychotherapy and for ongoing psychiatric treatment and management.


Dr Makielan does not accept Item 291 or one-off medication review referrals. 


Psychology Referrals

Please include the Mental Health Care Plan and any other information if appropriate.

Appointment Process (for Patients)

Please check our appointment information for Psychiatry and Psychology clients.


Please note, we do not provide an emergency service. If you need help outside usual working hours, contact your GP or try the following services for advice and support:​

  • Lifeline - 13 11 14

  • Mental Health Line - 1800 011 511

  • Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800

  • Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467


In an emergency or if you are/someone is at serious risk of harm to themselves or others, please:

  • Call the police on 000 

  • Go to a hospital emergency department, where there will be an out-of-hours mental health team or psychiatrist contactable.