Oncologist Dr. Belinda Yeoh and a patient

Departments

Services

Outpatient Clinical & Health Psychology (CHP) Services

The CHP team offers psychological assessment and treatment to adult medical inpatients at Austin Health and liaises closely with Consultation Liaison Psychiatry.

Patients and relatives experiencing psychological difficulties directly related to their current hospitalisation or due to other reasons can be seen. Treatment specialties include cognitive-behavioural specialised treatments and pain management.

Many patients benefit from continuity of care and may be offered six additional sessions from our outpatient clinic. Staff education and consultations are provided where required. With the development of a postgraduate placement program, psychology associates are an integral part of the team. Rehabilitation psychology operates from the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, including the Spinal Unit.

Specialised outpatient and community clinics (CHP)

Specialty areas include anxiety disorders and depression, medical psychology and perinatal mental health.

Clinics available:

  • Perinatal Mental Health Clinic - specialises in postnatal depression and maternal mood, parent-infant difficulties, adjustment and preparing for parenthood in pregnancy.
  • Prematurity Clinic - specialises in assisting parents adjustment to the many issues associated with a premature birth, including optimising infant emotional and physical responsiveness.
  • Medical Clinic - specialises in the relationship between psychological and medical issues, as well as health promotion.


Time limited treatment is provided but crisis referrals and long-term support cannot be accommodated.

This service meets an existing gap in services for people experiencing emotional difficulties related to medical issues or in the perinatal period, who are experiencing personal difficulties and want to learn to manage their lives more effectively.

 

 

 

Department of Clinical and Health Psychology: Professional management of psychologists across Austin Health

Supervision, professional development and support regarding staffing needs or initiatives are provided to psychologists across the range of hospital and community psychiatry programs at Austin Healht including in the Mental Health Clinical Service Unit (MHCSU).

These programs include:

  • Child & Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS)
  • Triage Assessment & Planning (TAPS)
  • Adult Services
  • Speciality Services

Programs outside MHCSU include:

  • Health Independence Program (HIP)
  • Psychologists attached to Austin Units, e.g. Spinal
  • Integrated services are provided by the Perinatal Mental Health Clinic with the Austin Parent Infant Program.

All programs offer a comprehensive service with teams of psychologists who play a key role in mental health.