TMS - Transcranial Magnetic StimulationTMS - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Neuralia TMS (through Pioneer Health Albany) is pleased to offer the first TMS service in Albany and the Great Southern. 

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?
TMS is a safe, effective and non-invasive therapy for depression, as well as several other psychiatric and neurological conditions. It has been in use for over 30 years and is currently used extensively in the USA, Europe as well as Australia. TMS is done using a special machine which has a magnetic coil attached to a mechanical arm. This allows for an electromagnetic pulse to be delivered to a precise region in the brain. While receiving TMS, the patient is seated in a comfortable reclined position. The TMS coil is placed on the patient's head at the correct position and delivers precise impulses to a small section of the brain.

Will TMS work for my depression?
TMS has been extensively studied and we have high quality evidence for its efficacy in depression. Most patients who undergo TMS therapy have greater than 50% improvement in their depressive symptoms. Some 30% of patients will go into remission (i.e. be free of depression for months). TMS is especially useful for depressed patients who have failed to respond to a number of anti-depressants (i.e. treatment resistant depression).

Is TMS covered under Medicare?
TMS is covered under Medicare for treatment-resistant depression. Out-of-pocket costs will vary between patients. 

Will TMS work for other conditions?
There is increasing evidence that TMS is effective for a number of other conditions, including:
•    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
•    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
•    Bipolar Affective Disorder (depressive phase)
•    Tinnitus
•    Addiction (such as smoking and alcohol)
•    Chronic Pain

There is currently research underway into TMS for dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, eating disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism and attention deficit disorder.

Who is Neuralia TMS?
Neuralia TMS is a specialist TMS Clinic in Perth. Neuralia TMS was started to make the best of mental health care available to as many people as possible. Dr Wick believes in using innovative technology and evidence based medicine with a compassionate, personalised approach to mental health. 

Dr Shanek Wick is a psychiatrist with a special interest in treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Wick grew up in Perth and attended medical school at the University of Western Australia. He began his training at Fremantle Hospital. He chose to train in Psychiatry after seeing the immense burden of mental illness on his patients. He pursued further training in Addiction Disorders in Queensland before returning to Perth.

Further information about Neuralia TMS can be found here.

If you are interested in learning more about TMS please call Pioneer Health on 9842 2822 and ask for our TMS program admin officer Mel McRae. You can download a printable version of the TMS information here


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