Mental Health Specialist Services

Family First Medical Centre has a specialist team of Mental Health providers ready to welcome and assist you with all your mental health needs.  Dr Alastair Gilbert Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Nurse Practitioner Jenny Ford work together to provide supportive psychosocial collaborative care   . Both practitioners  provide bulk billed appointments. You will need a GP referral for this service but our team of GPs can welcome you as a new patient should you not already have a current referral.


Services we provide include


  • Adult Mental Health Assessment
  • Child and Youth Mental Health Assessments
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Dept of Veteran Affairs
  • Workcover Assesments
  • Medico Legal Assessments
  • Depression and Anxiety Management
  • Loss and Grief Counselling
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Relationship and Couples Therapy
  • Diagnostic Clarification
  • Medication Reviews
  • Management Plan


Dr Alastair Gilbert – Consultant Psychiatrist 


Did Gilbert did his medical training in Cape Town, South Africa before moving to the United Kingdom to undertake his psychiatric training. He has 25 years experience in  a wide variety of experience  both in government and private settings including a number of centers of excellence in both South Africa and Britain.


He holds specialist qualifications in both Britain and Australia becoming a member of RCP in 2001 and a fellow of RANZCP in 2012. His principle interest is in general adult psychiatry but he has experience in the subspecialties of child and adolescent, intellect impairment, forensics, psychiatry of old age, liaison psychiatry and evidence based psychotherapy.


He has research interests in the genetics of schizophrenia, depression and suicide prevention. He is experienced in a wide range of treatments including brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, pharmacotherapy and ECT. He has worked in Australia for the last six years and has a good knowledge of local treatment networks and resources in the Wide Bay area.


Dr Alastair Gilbert – Consultant psychiatrist



Jenny Ford – Nurse Practitioner



Nurse Practioner Jenny Ford BScN MMHNurs MNPractSt


Jenny Ford is an advanced psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (NP) educated to a masters degree level, registered and endorsed by the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia, to function autonomously & collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role.  The nurse practitioner role is grounded in the nursing profession’s value, knowledge, theories and practice and provides innovative & flexible health care delivery.


NP Jenny Ford holds two masters degrees – Masters of Mental Health (USQ) and Masters of Nurse Practitioner Studies (UQ) and is a member of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP).


Her clinical role includes assessment & management of patients, referral of patients to other health care professionals, prescribing medication and ordering diagnostic investigations.  Caring for people of all ages with mental illness or mental distress, aged & palliative care, primary health care, chronic disease management, child & family health care.


NP Jenny Ford  bulk bills all patients and is currently accepting new patients