Good evening Deecee. I see you are a new member, so welcome to the BB Forums.
You sound pretty fed up with the health system specifically, and life in general.
When it comes to the subsidy available through Medicare for the MHCP, where you get 10 x medicare subsidised visits to see a psych per year - I agree with you, for any complex MH issue, it is nowhere near enough.
My clinical psychologist told me exactly that when we discussed my treatment options for PTSD. She wants me to undergo treatment which requires intensive therapy for many more then 10 visits in a year. She said that it is vastly inadequate for complex MH issues such as mine. So SpiltBean is right about that, and he would no doubt have most people agree with him, both professionals and sufferers alike.
Like you, I also live in a regional/country area, so my options are somewhat limited when it comes to psychological support. Although I have been very fortunate to have been referred to an extremely good clinical psych, who has vast experience in Sydney, before settling here in a country area. So, unlike you, I havent had to travel for my psych sessions.
The mental health system is not perfect DeeCee, far from it, but it is very encouraging to see that it is much improved to what it once was. A degree of psychological support is now available to anybody who legitimately seeks, and needs, it. This never used to be the case, as it was simply out of reach financially for many. Although I readily admit it is still inadequate for many of us.
Is there anything specific we can help you with right now, or did you just feel like having a rant? Which is quite okay, if thats what you needed to do. However, if you havent already done so, I would encourage you to tell us a bit more about yourself. Let us know how we can help or support you.
Most people commence their foray in the Forums by starting a new thread in the Welcome and Orientation Section, where you are likely to receive replys from other forum members. I know you will find fellow members very kind, understanding and supportive. They are like you and I, people who live with MH issues.
I hope you find whatever it is you are seeking here DeeCee. Again I welcome you and hope to hear back from you.