Due to increasing discussion about accessing psychological services for low income earners, I thought I'd give some ideas from my own experience.
The Rape Crisis Helpline in my state, NSW, (not sure if it's national) is a port of call I often use to combat related issues 24/7. After I called 6 times, I was given a case worker and different phone number to call. I leave my name and number and they get back to me asap. I did this at 2am and was called within 30 min's.
My details from those 6 calls are written about in notes by consultant clinical psychologists. They're specialists in the field and I can assure you they're absolutely wonderful and extremely professional.
I also called the Mental Health Crisis Hotline when things were dire. They were amazing. They gave me information on free services in my area, or as close as possible.
When I was hospitalised in February this yr, I was allocated an outpatient MH Case Worker on departure. He's lovely and very experienced. I had an issue he didn't know how to deal with, so he referred me to a 'free' psychiatrist on their books at the clinic. She was really helpful.
The clinic is privately run, but is under govt funding as an NGO. I'm sure there'd have to be other's around, but maybe people think they're like other centres and don't provide free services to clients.
The last thing I suggest is writing to your local member. I've done this on several occasions with positive results. The more people speak up, the more can be heard and hopefully changes will be imminent. Yes, it takes time, but we have a right to be proactive in how our country's run, by whom and where our tax $ are spent.
If they want our votes, they've got to do the work.
Sorry for ranting; it's also a sore point with me as with others.
Best of luck to us all...