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A psychologist: perform a variety of roles but often therapeutic roles, assessing their client’s concerns and life circumstances, and offering support, advice and treatment to address their client’s issues.

A social worker: work with clients to identify and address any external issues that may impact on wellbeing or may create inequality, injustice and discrimination by providing counselling, education and support in the context of the client’s physical, social and cultural environments and belief systems.

Visit Polio Australia's Health Professional Register: to find an appropriate psychologist or social worker in your area.

Can't find a health professional in your area? This list is still growing, and there might not yet be a registered health professional in your area. Please check on these peak body websites to find a health professional:

Australian Psychological Society Aus Association of Social Workers

The following links will take you to external websites where you may find helpful information on this topic.

  • Mental health care plan: A mental health care plan is a plan for people with a mental health disorder. If you have mental health issues, your doctor can write out this plan.
  • Lifeline: Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
  • Beyond Blue: Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Thank you Dr Andrew Sinclair and Jenny Koadlow from Independence Australia for their contribution to the information on this page.