The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program provides access to free psychological services for the treatment of common mental health issues. The ATAPS program is aimed at people who cannot otherwise access or afford such services.
ATAPS mental health professionals include psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers with specific mental health qualifications.
Through ATAPS, patients are eligible for a maximum of 12 sessions per calendar year - six time-limited sessions with an option for a further six sessions following a mental health review by the referring GP. Sessions can be individual and/or group therapy sessions. ATAPS provides patients with assistance for short-term intervention. If further sessions are required it may mean that the patient needs a longer term programme to meet his/her needs.