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1. Will seeing a psychiatrist help me?


This is probably the most important question to ask. A psychiatrist can help establish whether you have a mental health condition. Even asking this question can be quite scary for many people as we live in a society where there is unfortunately stigma attached to mental health.


Your first consultation with me will generally be for 60-90 minutes. I will sensitively ask you to tell me your story, tell me about your life, and to describe the difficulties you are experiencing. I will then usually ask quite a lot of specific questions some of which may be quite personal. I may also ask you to complete one or more online questionnaires aimed at helping me collect information that helps me make sense of what is going on.


At the end of the consultation I will give you immediate feedback and tell you what I think is the matter, and what treatment might help. I may provide links to more information and ask you to reflect on my opinion. I will also write up my assessment and provide you with access to a copy via the patient portal. Once you are happy with it, and with your consent I will also share the assessment with your GP.


A one-off detailed assessment and plan maybe enough for you and your GP to work together on your recovery, or I may suggest, or you may request ongoing follow-up appointments which can be short term or longer term.


My particular expertise includes the assessment and treatment of:


  • Men's mental health
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Emotional stability and personality issues
  • Symptoms affecting relationships and sexuality
  • Care and support for people who identify as LGBTIQ
  • Alcohol and substance use


If you are seeking a psychiatry review to support an application for early release of Super to support IVF, then I recommend contacting my colleague Dr Justine Schelle at FertilityPsych who is an expert in this area and also offers telehealth.


2. Will telepsychiatry be appropriate?


Definitely the next most important question. To use telepsychiatry you need to have access to a reasonably fast internet connection (broadband, mobile 4G or NBN) and be comfortable using simple online video applications. Full instructions are provided and no special software is needed.  The system is highly secure, and no registration is needed. The video consultation system works on PC's, MAC's, iphone/ipad and Android. You will need a webcam (PC or MAC) and I recommend a headset with a microphone.


For the consultation you need to be in a quiet and private place and be prepared to engage in a video consultation for up to 60 minutes. You need to be comfortable and relaxed and I recommend you have a glass of water and some tissues available. You are welcome to have someone else with you, who could be a relative, friend or your GP.


You don't need to be particularly technically proficient to use telepsychiatry, if you can use e-mail and Skype/facetime then you will be fine. I have found that the easiest device to use is a tablet or iPad with handsfree type headphones.

3. When would telepsychiatry not be appropriate?


By its very nature, telepsychiatry is based on the patient and the doctor being at some distance from each other, and for the patient to be willing and able to safely engage in the consultation.


Patients who are at moderate or high risk of harm to themselves or to others are generally not appropriate for telepsychiatry. This could include patients who are acutely suicidal, homicidal or highly intoxicated by alcohol or other drugs.


Telepsychiatry, and is also also not an emergency service. Appointments need to be booked several days or weeks in advance and I am not able to provide an emergency response.


In an emergency situation (where someone is at immediate risk of harm) it is best to dial 000 or to attend the emergency department at your local hospital.


On the right are links to lifeline, suicide call-back, eHeadspace and BeyondBlue who may be able to provide immediate support if it is not an acute emergency.


4. mHealth Support


In addition to consultations by video, I also offer my patients access to a an mHealth (Mobile Health) App called 'Monsenso'.


Monsenso is an Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved Class 1 medical device.


The App works on iOS and Android devices and allows you to rate and track your own mental health, including supporting safe medication use, keeping a diary of symptoms, and developing a management plan. With your permission the data is securely shared with me and can be used in consultations to track progress and support recovery.


For more information about Monsenso click here.


To download the App visit the Apple App Store or Google Play store and search for "Monsenso" - Professor Harvey will set up your login during your consultation.




Prof Richard Harvey is a consultant psychiatrist with over 20 years experience in mental health. He offers an innovative telepsychiatry service with consultations via the internet.

Address : PO BOX 117, North Geelong VIC 3215

Email :

Phone : 1300 617 685

Fax: 03 9923 6590

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