It is well know that access to mental health services is lower in rural and remote areas of Australia compared to metropolitan areas and that some rural solo GPs are struggling to manage the demand of mental health issues with their patients. The Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria delivers a rural telehealth program across Victoria, which allows for an online appointment with a specialist, including a psychiatrist. The service is 100% bulk billed, and can assist with supporting GP management of patients that have mental health issues. There is currently no waiting list for Telepsychiatry appointments on the Flying Doctor Telehealth platform. Access to the Psychiatry telehealth appointments may be available in your area, take a look at the Flying Doctor Telehealth locations page to find a location near you:

https://flyingdoctortelehealth.org.au/locations/