Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) @Flinders

Anxiety and depressive disorders are common and can have a large effect on people's lives. Often the access to evidence based therapy can be difficult for a variety of reasons.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) offers a rapid entry to treatment for common mental health problems. IAPT@Flinders commenced service to Flinders Medical Centre emergency department in 2011 and has extended the service to other units in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN).

Therapy offered at IAPT@Flinders

IAPT@Flinders multidisciplinary team offers Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to adults aged 18 and above. Low Intensity CBT refers to the strategies such as behavioural activation, exposure therapy, problem solving and goal setting. All of these are evidence-based and have shown to be successful in the treatment of anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

CBT focuses on the 'here and now' problems you are having. CBT helps you to make the changes which can help you feel better. These changes can help you to start doing the things your problem has been stopping you from doing.

CBT is an active form of therapy. You and your therapist will agree to homework between sessions. Improvements are often very quick to notice.

Referrals to IAPT@Flinders

People are referred to IAPT@Flinders by the Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department.

Referrals are accepted where consumers are not currently seeing a psychologist or are case managed by a mental health team.



  • An initial face-to-face assessment is offered to clients referred to the service.
  • Subsequent weekly sessions are conducted by telephone for 6-8 weeks
  • After treatment is complete a follow-up appointments will be offered

For more information, visit our Information for Consumers page. Currently IAPT and CARD are working together and may offer you a low intensity CBT program at IAPT whilst you are on the CARD waitlist. This service is determined by IAPT capacity.

Contact details

Contact details for referral or further information:

Phone: (08) 8204 7162

Fax: (08) 8204 5984

Location: Reception is Block G4, The Flats, Flinders Drive, Flinders Medical Centre