Referral Process

(For the person with a brain injury)

How to refer to an iBIPP brain injury psychiatrist

Self-referral

  • If you are an adult who has had a severe traumatic brain injury, and
  • might need support with your mental wellbeing

You may be eligible to work with our brain injury psychiatrist.

If you live in the

Out of area or not an icare recipient?

  • If you live in areas outside the Northern Sydney, South West Sydney or Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions, and
  • Are not an icare participant

Please talk to your general practitioner (GP) about your concerns. You can also refer them to this website, where they can find relevant information to support you.

If you need additional support, or can’t visit your GP, contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. Here, you will receive professional help, advice, and referrals to local mental health services. 

If there is an immediate risk to your safety, then call Emergency services on 000.

Northern Sydney Local Health District

I need support, what can I do?

  • Visit your general practitioner (GP) and talk to them about your concerns.
  • To access a psychiatrist who specialises in brain injury you will need a referral letter from your general practitioner (GP).
  • Access to a brain injury psychiatrist may be available to you at Royal Rehab.

What happens next?

  • The referral letter from your GP will be reviewed by Royal Rehab.
  • If applicable, the brain injury team will work with you to explore the best options of support for you. This may include consultation with a brain injury psychiatrist.
  • Otherwise, your GP will continue to work with you to support your wellbeing.

For more information about Royal Rehab, visit royalrehab.com.au.

South Western Sydney Local Health District

I need support, what can I do?

  • Visit your general practitioner (GP) and talk to them about a referral to services with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) at Liverpool Hospital.
  • To access a psychiatrist who specialises in brain injury you will need a referral letter from GP.

What happens next?

  • The referral from the GP will be received by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit.
  • If applicable, the Brain injury Service will work with you to explore the best options of support for you. This may include consulting with the brain injury psychiatrist.
  • Otherwise, your GP will continue to work with you to support your wellbeing.

For further information about the BIRU services at Liverpool Hospital visit SWSLHD Liverpool Hospital – Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (nsw.gov.au)

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

I need support and I am a client of the Illawarra Brain Injury Service (IBIS)

  • Contact a member of your health team at IBIS and talk to them about your concerns.
  • If appropriate, the team will refer you to the brain injury psychiatrist for further support.

I need support but I am not a client of the Illawarra Brain Injury Service

  • Contact your GP and talk to them about your concerns.
  • If you require a mental health review, ask your GP to connect you to your local community mental health service via the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511
  • If you require a second opinion from a brain injury psychiatrist, you will require a clinic letter from your GP/treating health service to the Illawarra Brain Injury Service Psychiatry Clinic.

For more information about the Illawarra Brain Injury Service (IBIS) visit https://www.islhd.health.nsw.gov.au/services-clinics/illawarra-brain-injury-service

I am a recipient of icare

I need support, what can I do?

  • Contact your icare case manager and talk to them about a referral to a specialist who can support your mental health and wellbeing.

What happens next?

  • Your icare case manager, or relevant health service, will be in contact with you to explore the best options of support for you.
  • If applicable, this may include consulting with a Brain Injury Psychiatrist.
  • Otherwise, your icare case manager and health team will continue to work with you to support your wellbeing.

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The Program

The icare Brain Injury Psychiatry Program (iBIPP) is an icare NSW funded project that was launched in 2019 with a partnership between the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, The University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre, and Northern Sydney Local Health District. It was rolled out in response to the significant demand and ongoing need for psychiatrists experienced in the area of brain injury.