assessment, treatment and research of memory and mood disorders

Medicare rebate for TMS
Medicare rebate for TMS treatment is now available for eligible patients from 1 November 2021. Appointments now available in East Melbourne, Brighton, Noble Park, Mount Eliza, Ballarat, and in Brisbane at Toowong and Bowen Hills.
New TMS clinic opens in Albury
TMS is now available at Gardens Medical Centre in Albury
New TMS clinic opens in Bowen Hills
TMS is now available at The Banyans Medical Centre and Specialist Clinics in Bowen Hills
Psychology resources expanded
Appointments available immediately.
New clinic opens in Ballarat
New clinic open at 11 Sturt Street, Ballarat. Psychiatrist and psychologist appointments now available. TMS treatment options available.
NeuroCentrix in Toowong (Qld)
NeuroCentrix is open at 10 Benson St, Toowong. Now accepting psychiatry and psychology referrals. TMS treatment options available. Novel depression treatment as part of a clinical trial coming soon.
TMS at Mt Eliza, Brighton, East Melbourne, Noble Park, and Ballarat clinics
Clinics in Mount Eliza, Brighton, East Melbourne, Noble Park, and Ballarat now offer TMS treatment.
New Praxis clinical trial
NeuroCentrix is now recruiting patients for a potential new treatment for depression at Noble Park.
New clinical trial for Alzheimer's
NeuroCentrix is recruiting patients with memory problems for clinical trials investigating potential new treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease.

NeuroCentrix TMS Therapy in Ballarat

NeuroCentrix TMS Clinic is Now Open in Ballarat

City of Ballarat

Neurocentrix is now open at 11 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central. Located in the heart of Ballarat, our new clinic is within easy walking distance of Ballarat Station and a variety of shops such as Big W, Coles, Woolworths and Target, and services such as Headspace and Centrelink.

Patients receiving TMS often find it helpful to combine their session with some gentle exercise and a relaxing activity in the area, and for that, we have a few suggestions. Just up Sturt St is the Post Office Gallery, which offers a selection of contemporary art, and then turning right up Lydiard St, you will find the prestigious Art Gallery of Ballarat.

If you are coming from further afield, 3 km away is Lake Wendouree and across the other side, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Just a few years ago Lake Wendouree nothing but a soggy paddock but it has since been restored to its true glory. In the other direction you will find probably the most famous (and largest) McDonald’s in Australia, Bakery Hill.

What is TMS?

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a recognised treatment for depression and other neurological conditions.

Clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of TMS in the treatment of depression, particularly in patients who have not responded well to anti-depressant medication.

TMS is a non-invasive treatment delivered by an external magnetic coil placed lightly touching the scalp. The coil sends repetitive electromagnetic pulses to stimulate neuron activity in specific surface areas of the brain that regulate mood.

TMS is a recognised treatment for depression by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP Position Statement 79 – Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).

What Conditions Does TMS Treat?

The most common condition for TMS treatment is depression.

TMS has also been used to treat:

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD),
  • auditory hallucinations,
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
  • Alzheimer’s disease (AD),
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

How Does TMS Treatment Work?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinic

Our brains help manage our thoughts via electrical and chemical messengers. Each thought is associated with certain pathways that these signals travel along. The more our brain practices certain pathways the better it gets at whatever we practice.

In depression, the brain has significantly less activity in the frontal lobe and limbic system. We can actually see this in CT scans. In depression you could say the limbic system is way out of practice.

In TMS therapy, a coil is placed over the head and uses an electromagnetic field to induce an action potential in the neurons of the brain, a clinical term which basically means it activates the neuron. An action potential in one neuron causes others around it to fire, and so on.

Repeated stimulation reaches deep areas of our brain using this neuron roadway. Specifically, the limbic system trains the known pathways that are associated with being happier, more relaxed, content and less anxious.

While a single positive thought can train a particular pathway once, a single TMS treatment session can practice that same pathway 3000-5000 times.

A typical course of TMS of 30 sessions can stimulate positive pathways 90,000-150,000 times. It is thought that this practice is what leads to the improvement in mood that we see clinically.

Just imagine practicing kicking a football or practicing a golf swing 150,000 times, you would become very skilled. It is just like this, practice makes perfect. It’s like muscle memory for your brain.

How is TMS Treatment Performed?

TMS Treatment Depression Melbourne

To undergo TMS therapy, there is no need for fasting or an anaesthetic. The patient sits comfortably in a reclining armchair and is awake throughout each treatment. The patient’s head is carefully measured by a trained technician to determine the optimal location for treatment.

TMS treatment is non-invasive. The stimulating coil is placed beside the head, lightly touching the scalp. The patient will hear a ticking sound and may feel a mild tapping sensation on the side of their head.

TMS treatment is provided on an outpatient basis or can be part of a treatment plan for hospital in-patients.

How Long Does TMS treatment Take?

TMS treatment is generally administered as a course of 30 treatments over six weeks.

Regular psychometric testing is conducted to monitor your response to treatment. At the end of the course of treatment, a NeuroCentrix psychiatrist will discuss the psychometric test results with you and report to your treating physician.

When patients have achieved significant improvement in their condition, a maintenance course of treatment is often recommended.

Are There Any Side Effects?

TMS therapy is generally well tolerated but may produce some side effects such as:

  • tension headache,
  • lightheadedness,
  • nausea,
  • a tingling sensation in the face or discomfort at the application site.

Headache is the most common side effect which responds to over the counter painkillers. Most people find that side effects lessen as treatment progresses.

Unlike some other depression therapies, TMS treatment does not cause memory loss, weight gain or loss of libido.

There is a small risk of seizure. If you suffer from epilepsy or have had a head injury, you may not be suitable for TMS treatment.

To date, there have been no recognised long-term negative effects reported from TMS treatment. However, it should be noted that TMS is a relatively new treatment and research into long-term effects is on going.

Is TMS Right for Me?

TMS is only offered after a thorough assessment and discussion with one of our psychiatrists. However, TMS may be right for you if:

  • You suffer from symptoms of depression
  • Anti-depressants have failed to remove your symptoms
  • Anti-depressants have caused unpleasant side effects
  • You cannot take anti-depressants because of another condition.

On the other hand, TMS is unlikely to be suitable if you have a metal implant, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator

Do I Need a Referral?

You need a referral from a psychiatrist or a GP to access TMS treatment at NeuroCentrix.

A TMS referral form is available on our website.

What Does TMS Cost?

TMS treatment for depression at NeuroCentrix clinics typically consists of 20 to 30 sessions delivered as an outpatient over 3 to 6 weeks. Outpatient treatment allows you to stay at home with family and friends during treatment rather than being admitted to hospital.

Following your initial course of TMS, your doctor may recommend maintenance treatment.

Treatment costs may be met in full for serving military, DVA, and WorkCover patients upon successful application. After referral to NeuroCentrix, we look after the paperwork and prepare the application on your behalf.

Private treatment is available at $185 per session. Medicare does not currently rebate TMS treatment, however some private health funds cover the cost of outpatient TMS.

Speak to our specialist team for more details.

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