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Mental Health

General Hospital Mental Health

General Hospital Mental Health provides specialised psychiatry services for the assessment and management of psychiatric and psychological conditions in the hospital setting.

General Hospital Mental Health (GHMH) referrals services are available for all medical, surgical, rehabilitation and specialty units across Austin Health.

The most common referrals include:

high prevalence disorders (depression, anxiety)
neuropsychiatric conditions (including delirium)
somatoform disorders (including pain).

GHMH services are available to:

any current inpatient of Austin Health (excluding psychiatric units); and
outpatients with ongoing treatment provided by Austin Health Medical Programs

The Clinical Health Psychology Outpatient Service and Drug Dependence Clinic also accepts selected referrals from the community.

GHMH Consultation/Liaison Service

Primary Consultation

We provide specific assessment and management of mental health conditions for referred medical and surgical patients.

Secondary Consultation

We provide advice upon request for the mental health needs of a general hospital patient. This may include general advice on management such as medical/surgical unit distress and difficulties.

Tertiary Consultation

GHMH are involved in mental health related education, information, service development and policy development.

Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic

The General Hospital Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic is offered by GHMH for patients who are able to be treated in the community outpatient setting.

Written referrals are required from referring services.

Drug Dependence Clinic

One of five specialist clinics in metropolitan Melbourne, the GHMH Drug Dependence Clinic (CDC) provides comprehensive, whole-person care to clients. Our care services are based on harm-minimisation and an evidence-supported approach.

DDC was developed with the aim of providing comprehensive whole-person care to patients with opioid dependence based on a harm minimisation and evidence-supported approach with particular emphasis on the most complex of patients who are unable to be adequately managed in other treatment settings.

Timely, high quality, multi-disciplinary and integrated services are provided with a focus on prevention, accessibility and quality.

Clinical & Health Psychology

Specialty areas of the Clinical & Health Psychology Outpatient Clinic include anxiety disorders and depression, liaison with general practitioners and the Infant Clinic.

Outpatient Intake
Clinical & Health Psychology
Ph 03 9496 4496 

Constant Patient Observer Program

The Constant Patient Observation of the general hospital patient involves increased level of observation, supervision and care to promote the safety and well-being of a patient with at-risk behaviours during their admission. Assessments are conducted by the psychiatric liaison nurse.

The service is provided to the acute care areas across Austin Health to meet the increased need for constant observation of patients in the acute medical and surgical setting.