Dr Harvey Williams
M.B., D.P.M (Lond.) F.R.A.N.Z.C.P Medical Specialist (Psychiatrist)
Major Treatment Interests
Anxiety Disorders (including social anxiety which is 14% of our adult population)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
My initial medical degrees are Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Otago University. Four years were spent as an intern/registrar then three years post graduate work in London, Neurology at Queens Square/Maidavale and Psychiatry at the Maudsley/Betham Royal Hospitals. Returning to NZ as a consultant psychiatrist at Sunnyside Hospital (now Hillmorton Hospital) for over six years. Since that time I have been in full-time private practice, Calvary Clinic (starting in around 1973 part-time and full-time 1976) renaming to Caledonian Clinic in 1985, with rooms in Caledonian Road, Cashel Street and for the last 14 years in Papanui Road (opposite St Andrews College).
I continue with medical education as required by the NZ Medical Council and also by the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
Funding Assistance & Health Insurance
Over 30% of my patients have an insurance policy eligible for refund. Check with your insurance company as to available cover and refunds which apply.
About 20% of my patients are low-waged or are on benefits and can get funding via WINZ. Disability Allowance may be granted up to $60.17 (2013) weekly and can be higher if Temporary Additional Support (TAS) can also be granted.
I can determine medical eligibility, WINZ staff determine whether there is a financial entitlement and the amount they can grant.
Legal Aid via Legal Services. This can be arranged by your solicitor/barrister for:
Mental Health Act Second Opinion
ACC Second Opinion
Care of the Child Act Opinions
These are available, especially for patients where travel is difficult, either because they are too ill, house-bound, or living out of Christchurch and where time off work is difficult.
Private Health Care Advantages
Public or Private Mental Health Care?
A recent NZ household survey found 20.7% of our population needed mental health care in the preceding year.
Our Government provides free psychiatric care for only 3% of our population (those with serious and emergency mental health needs).
The other 17.7% generally pay for their own care from GP’s, psychiatric specialists, psychologist, counsellors etc or use subsidised (Government funded organisations including Relationship Services, speciality social services, Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support, couples counselling, etc).
In the public system there is usually no choice of doctor and other professionals.
In the public system many of the staff are still training and their jobs change 3-12 monthly, therefore continuity, which is very important for patients, is interrupted.
My patients are provided with my office and mobile phone numbers (telephone me if you need to).
Those who qualify for free public care can wait up to 10 weeks for an initial outpatient assessment.
At the Anxiety Disorders Unit there is a wait for up to 10 months for a program.
I can usually see patients within one week. My fees could be less than any income loss you may experience by waiting for assessment/treatment via the public system.
Fun, play, love and laughter
Previously denied to those with a psychiatric illness and I will be helping to get these back into my patient’s lives as a major part of wellness and helping to keep them out of future illness.
Unfortunately as from 8.12.2017 Dr Williams is retiring and will no longer be seeing patients. We thank you for your patronage over the many years.
If you require counselling and/or clinical screening you can call Brenda, Registered Clinical Social Worker, on 0274622125 and she may be able to assist you.