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Is it worth travelling interstate to see a psychiatrist?

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I've just been told that I have to wait another three months (on top of the three I've already waited) before I can see a psychiatrist in Perth to get the hrt ball rolling.  Apparently he is the only one in the state who will give approval for HRT.  Has anyone tried travelling interstate to see someone?  Are there any psychiatrists in Melbourne or Sydney with a short (or no) waiting list?  Are follow-ups normally required, and can they be done by phone or skype?
asked Jan 12, 2012 in Everything Else by anonymous

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For my psych, privately in Melbourne, I had to wait around 3 months. Then I had approx 4 - 5 sessions, at least two weeks apart.  

After that I had to wait another 3 weeks after signing a consent form with my administering GP.

This was for approval for testosterone therapy, for you it may be different if you are seeking feminising hormones.

This was quoted to me as being far quicker than going through public sources (such as the gender clinic in south-east melbourne).

So In my experience, I would strongly suggest that it is not worth travelling interstate, unless you are a  millionaire.
answered Jan 12, 2012 by anonymous
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Thanks, that helps.  I'm certainly not a millionaire, but I've got enough frequent flyer points for one or two trips if it would save time.  If there's still a wait of 3 months anyway it's definately not worth it.  Anyone have any idea about Sydney, Brisbane, even Adelaide?
answered Jan 12, 2012 by anonymous
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I've heard of people going up to Sydney to get approval for surgery on a once-off visit. I don't know who they saw.

That said, a GP doesn't need anyone's approval to prescribe you hormones, if you can find a GP willing to do it. There are some in Melbourne.
answered Jan 12, 2012 by anonymous
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Best to contact psychiatrists directly to ask about their waiting lists, whether they're up for using Skype, etc. There are a few psychiatrists listed in ZBGC's Resources Directory. The Gender Centre in Sydney (also listed in the Resources Directory) could hopefully recommend more psychiatrists in Sydney. 

answered Jan 12, 2012 by anonymous
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I wish you all the best with your journey.

answered Jan 12, 2012 by chrisentiae (2,910 points)
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Skype consultations might not be out of the question. There's even an Australian Govt program to improve access to 'telehealth'. However, it's only for people from remote, regional and outer metropolitan areas of Australia.

Basically telemedicine is gaining wider acceptance and it could be worth contacting psychiatrists to see if they'd be willing to do consultations via Skype. 


answered Jan 14, 2012 by anonymous
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I know that psychiatrists can no tele confrence with you and then u get the rebate back on medicare, Not sure what item number that migth b but it might b worth checking out??? Saves u travelling all the way to see someone. In Melb i definately know this option is available
answered Oct 22, 2014 by anonymous