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About Us

The Brain Disorders Program is a statewide service for persons aged 16-64 who experience a combination of cognitive impairment and psychiatric illness or a range of "behaviours of concern" that result in difficulties in daily functioning and interpersonal relationships.

The Program runs under the governance of the Mental Health Clinical Services Unit and is located at the Royal Talbot Campus of Austin Health.

It is a free public service that focuses primarily on non-compensable clients, though a number of compensable clients are also accepted when their needs cannot be met via the private sector.

The main components of the Program can be summarized below:

Name of Service Function of Service Location
BDP Community Team
  • CBDATS
  • ABI Beaviour Consultancy 
This is a multi-disciplinary team that is the first port of call of all referrals to the service. It provides assessment on an outreach basis followed by specialist advice or a period of formal engagement, depending on nature of the clients difficulties and other factors. The team is located at the Royal Talbot Campus of Austin Health, though most of the assessment and subsequent clinical involvement occurs in the community.
Mary Guthrie House (BDU)
  • Heath Unit
  • Wattle Protea Unit 
This is a secure inpatient unit that provides slow-stream neuropsychiatric rehabilitation for selected clients who suffer from severe disability related to cognition, mental state and behavioural regulation. The unit is located at the Royal Talbot Campus of Austin Health, immediately next to the ABI ward (which is a separate unit run by the Talbot Rehab Service, not Mental Health)
Step 2 Program This is a 3-bed unit for clients who are willing and have the capacity to enhance their independent living skills. The unit has 24-hour staffing but is unlocked, and clients are encouraged to participate in activities that might assist in their transition back into the community. The unit is located at The Royal Talbot Campus of Austin Health at the top of a gentle hill, a little removed from the main hospital in order to simulate a "homely" environment as much as possible.
Neurobehaviour Clinic This is a neuropsychiatric outpatient clinic staffed by two part-time psychiatrists, a psychiatric registrar and a neuropsychologist. The emphasis of this clinic is in providing specialist neuropsychiatric assessment and advice and treatment. The clinic is located at the Repatriation Campus of Austin Health and runs on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Appointments are made directly via the outpatient department.