Mental Health Care That's Got You Covered
Everyone’s mental health journey is different, and often finding where to go for support for yourself or your loved ones can be challenging. That’s why we’ve developed an holistic mental health and wellbeing program with access to a range of options for all ages, and the freedom to choose what works for you. We've also got extras that include cover for mental health services. It’s just another way we provide a level of care that’s uncommon.
Since the outset of the pandemic, we’ve seen the growing importance of quick and early access to appropriate mental wellbeing support when and where you need it.
That's why we've expanded our mental health offering to include a free HealthyMinds Check-in for eligible members*.
This gives you faster, easier access to PSYCH2U psychologists and digital support services to help you take control of your mental wellbeing.
Whether you’re looking for support for yourself or your loved ones, our unique range of mental health and wellbeing programs can help you understand and improve challenges such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Book your free HealthyMinds Check-in, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm (AEST/AEDT).
ONLINE COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
You can access a range of evidence-based online treatment programs through This Way Up**, a not-for-profit initiative developed by experienced psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, to help you take control of your mental wellbeing today. Clinically proven to help, the programs help you understand and improve mental challenges like stress, insomnia, worry, anxiety and depression.
The programs are available free of charge when prescribed by a clinician. Your provider will register with This Way Up and refer you to an appropriate online program under their supervision.
Alternatively, you can access the programs without a supervising clinician for $59 per program Or, depending on your extras cover, we'll cover the cost of eligible courses, up to your annual limit.
There are also a wide range of practical resources and coping tools for consumers and clinicians available at no cost.
As Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund, our members are at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we're trying to make it as easy and fast as possible for you to access the mental wellbeing support you need.
Our partnership with PSYCH2U is unique to HCF, meaning no other health fund offers the HealthyMinds program to members. Eligible HCF members^ can access the HealthyMinds program which includes a range of mental health services like:
- navigation and support to access treatment for anxiety, depression and stress
- online video or phone contact with a psychologist, with navigation to psychiatry and other allied health services as needed
- access to digital prescriptions through PSYCH2U
- consistency of care with the same mental health professional throughout your journey.
Reach out to PSYCH2U for more information on the HealthyMinds program and other mental health support services available.
A GP AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Our partnership with GP2U, an online video GP service, makes it easier for eligible members to access telehealth services. All HCF members with health cover can access a standard GP consultation (up to 10 minutes) for a fee of $50.
GP2U and PSYCH2U services have a unique partnership with HCF, no other private health fund offers these resources to members.
HELPING YOUR KIDS WITH THEIR BIG FEELINGS
Our mental health and wellbeing program includes free access for HCF members with hospital or extras cover to Calm Kid Central#, an online educational and support program to help kids aged 4 to 11 learn to act bravely and confidently, behave in positive ways, develop good friendships and manage tough life situations.
Eligible members can get:
fast and confidential access to a team of experienced child psychologists, who’ll answer your unlimited questions within 48 hours
videos and articles to help you know what to say and do to support your child emotionally.
For children, the program has courses, video lessons, activities, posters and animations to help them understand and better manage their feelings.
You must have a child aged 4 to 11 on the policy.
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* 1 HealthyMinds Check-in available per member per calendar year. Service is available free to all members with hospital cover. Excludes extras only cover, Ambulance Only, Accident Only Basic and Overseas Visitors Health Cover.
^ Must have HCF gold level hospital cover for at least 2 months. Eligibility is based on clinical need as assessed by PSYCH2U.
# Excludes Accident Only Basic cover and Overseas Visitors Health Cover.
** You should make your own enquiries to determine whether this service is suitable for you. If you decide to use this service, it'll be on the basis that HCF won't be responsible, and you won't hold HCF responsible, for any liability that may arise from that use.