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Interview with Off - base Provider, Dominic Doyle, ...

GHS talked to Dominic Doyle, Clinical Psychologist and valued GHS provider based in Melbourne about his experience of providing healthcare to ADF personnel.

Tell us about yourself and your practice.

I graduated from Monash University with a Doctorate in Psychology (Clinical-Forensic) in 2010. Since then I have been fortunate to have practiced in a variety of mental health settings, including a forensic hospital, adult community mental health, and on a child and adolescent mental health team. For the last 5 years I have also worked for Cornerstone Psychology - a specialist clinical psychology private practice in Melbourne. I have worked for Cornerstone Psychology full-time for the last 18 months.

In terms of my therapy style, I work with clients to develop a collaborative and trusting relationship so that the client is comfortable to tell their story. From here we develop a treatment plan, which we review throughout the therapy-work. My therapy is anchored by the values of genuineness and empathy and founded in evidence-based practice.

How long have you been working with GHS as a healthcare provider to ADF personnel?

I have been working for Cornerstone Psychology for over five years and I have been registered as a healthcare provider to ADF personnel for almost all of that time. Of course, Cornerstone Psychology has a much longer professional relationship with GHS as a healthcare provider to ADF personnel and we have a great team of clinical psychologists.

What do you find most interesting about your work as a healthcare provider to ADF personnel? What are some of the health conditions you see?

What I find most interesting about my work as a healthcare provider to ADF personnel is the wide variety of presentations and clinical work that I get to do. In addition to this, the ADF personnel referred to me so often present with a real readiness to do the therapy-work. Some of the health conditions that I see and treat in my work as a healthcare provider to ADF personnel include Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as adjustment issues relating to significant life transitions or major stress, work related and professional issues, relationship and family problems, as well as grief and loss.

How can On-base Clinicians best support Offbase healthcare providers like yourself?

My experience with the On-Base Clinicians is that they are diligent and committed to supporting ADF personnel to obtain effective and prompt clinical mental health treatment. I receive tremendous support from them in terms of detailed referrals, as well having the On-base clinicians willing to communicate via phone or email when needed.

What advice would you give to a healthcare professional who is considering becoming a provider to ADF personnel?

Professionally speaking, providing clinical psychology services to ADF personnel has allowed me to further develop my clinical and therapy skill sets across a variety of conditions and diagnoses. Furthermore, ADF personnel are a unique workforce and thus becoming a provider to them allows for a unique experience in terms of working with people with specific workplace challenges and stressors. Finally, it is with some personal satisfaction that I can offer my best to those who serve to protect our country.

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