For Rural Australia
to psychological help
Office hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm. Sat: 9am-1pm
Get online support from our experienced, caring and friendly counsellors
All our psychologists are qualified, registered and experienced providers of online counselling.
Like all our clients, you will love online counselling once you've tried it!
What’s it like to meet on the screen?
Online counselling for rural people
Australians living in rural and remote communities do not share the same health outcomes as the urban population. Rural people tend to have higher mortality rates and lower life expectancy, higher road injury and fatality rates, higher prevalence of mental health problems, higher rates of depression and suicide, and higher rates of alcohol abuse and smoking. (National Rural Health Alliance, 2017).
But the Government has made some changes for the better. A National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health (the Framework) was set up in 2011 in order to improve health outcomes in remote communities. The first strategy focused on the vital improvement of accessibility to health care services.
In 2018, the Australian Government recognised the potential benefits of online counselling to deliver mental health services to rural people. Medicare rebates for counselling were expanded to include counselling via video. This is wonderful news for the mental health of our rural communities.
How our online counselling can help
Our Online Psychologists
Our Online Psychologists
How effective is video counselling?
Counselling via video has been found by many empirical studies to be as effective as face to face counselling (Published on APS website). Clients with diverse difficulties reported high satisfaction with online counselling services. Even technical difficulties associated with the service did not impact overall levels of satisfaction with the counselling experience.
Remote counselling may also offer advantages for clients who live in small and remote communities where stigma and shame can be an issue. The privacy and confidentiality of video-conference counselling offer clients a safe solution.
Our service is the first of its kind to focus solely on rural people and their needs. They deserve a high quality service and we do our best to deliver video counselling that works for them.
Opening up your thoughts and feelings to someone will help you gain new insights and address them in a healthy manner.
Counselling gives people newfound strength to deal with life’s challenges.