Who we see


Mental Health Emergency – we are not an emergency service

For emergencies please call 131 465 for the Rural & Remote Mental Health Team.

This is a 24 hour telephone service staffed by mental health clinicians. Anyone can call this number for advice and guidance.

Who We See:
1. Children from the age of 4 to 12 years
2. Youth aged from 13 years to adult
3. Adults

  • Adults experiencing short term mental health issues
  • Pregnant women
  • Women with babies between 0 and 3 years
  • People experiencing chronic and ongoing mental health issues
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex
  • Older people
  • Socially isolated new and emerging populations
  • People with co-morbid presentations
  • Individuals who are at risk of suicide or self-harm
  • People with more serious Mental Health conditions

Access and Eligibility

  1. Individuals are deemed by their GP to be of low income and not in a financial position to access services requiring gap payments
  2. Individual satisfies program eligibility criteria for one or more of the programs offered by Summit Health Mental Health Service
  3. GP completes Mental Health Treatment Plan (Item 2715/2717) for the initial session package
  4. Completed treatment plan is faxed to Summit Health 8406 7760
  5. Referral is triaged and allocated to the most appropriate Program by the Mental Health Team Leader
  6. Appointment scheduled
  7. Services are provided from a range of locations including;
    • Mt Barker
    • Stirling
    • Lobethal
    • Strathalbyn
    • Victor Harbor
    • Goolwa
    • Kingscote
  8. Mental Health Treatment Plans provide access to up to six appointments. Generally no more than two Treatment Plans can be accessed in a 12 month period.

Patients NOT eligible for Summit Health Mental Health Services

  • Patients receiving services through other State or Federally funded programs for the same health issue
  • Patients with acquired brain injury and/or significant neurological impairment
  • Patients with current Workcover claims
  • Patients with compensation claims eg victims of crime
  • Patients who require reports for Family Court or other legal matters
  • Assessments or reports for Centrelink and Community Corrections

Summit Health gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support from the Country SA PHN via the Australian Government Department of Health and SA Government