The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology offers a range of services and programs in addition to professional management of staff across the Mental Health Clinical Service Unit. It is based at the Heidelberg Repatriation Repatriation Hospital. It has links with the University of Melbourne through the Professor/Director of the Department and its training activities involving a number of joint appointments. A Parent-Infant Research Institute was established in 2001 and incorporates the Infant Clinic.
Clinical psychologists in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services form the largest single professional group within the service. They have substantial clinical and organisational roles. Psychologists provide specialist psychological assessment, treatment, consultation, research and evaluation services, as well as innovative program development. In addition, they conduct a very high standard of teaching and training for psychology registrars and other professional groups.
The psychologist in the Brain Disorders Unit provides behaviour management programs as well as psychological input to psychiatric disorders. Therapy is conducted both individually and in groups.
Psychologists in adult services provide short-term essential psychological treatment including helping patients manage symptoms, improve social skills and understand factors that contribute to their conditions to assist problem-solving.