Oncologist Dr. Belinda Yeoh and a patient


Nursing in Mental Health


The Mental Health Clinical Service Unit (MHCSU) is part of Austin Health. It provides a comprehensive range of child, adolescent and adult psychiatry services largely to the areas of northeast metropolitan Melbourne.

The MHCSU also provides a number of inter regional and state-wide specialist services and a comprehensive state-wide Veterans Psychiatry Program. Services are provided on both an inpatient basis and in community settings.

Psychiatric Nursing in the general hospital

The general hospital units offer opportunities for psychiatric nursing. Common illnesses seen in the general hospital units include delirium, psychotic disorders, anorexia nervosa, and /or personality disorders. Primary presentations that require mental health support include monitoring and observation of people with behaviour that may place them at risk. Some basic nursing care is required in the context of assisting with personal hygiene and observation of vital signs. The Psychiatric Liaison Nurse supports psychiatric nurses working in the General Hospital. Consultation is available on management issues, observation and care requirements.

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service provides a comprehensive service for infants, children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing psychiatric, psychological and behavioural programs.  Staffing is multidisciplinary.

The Eagle Child Unit
Marion Drummond - Austin Hospital

State-wide Child Inpatient Mental Health Service is a 12 bed unit servicing the whole of Victoria and provides assessment and treatment of children under the age of 13 years, along with involvement of family members.

The Marian Drummond Adolescent Unit
Austin Hospital

Admits adolescents who have turned 13 (but are not yet 18 years of age) for assessment and treatment. This unit has 12 beds, including 2 high dependency beds. High proportions of the consumers are admitted in crisis.

Adult services

North East Area Mental Health Service

The North East Area Mental Health Service provides general adult psychiatric services to clients between 16-64 years of age and residing in the northeastern area of metropolitan Melbourne (Shire of Nillumbik and City of Banyule - incorporating Heidelberg, Eltham, Diamond Valley).  It has both community based and inpatient components.

Community Based Services

The three components of the community psychiatric services, comprising of the NECATS, NECCT & NEMSTS, are co-located at the Community Mental Health Service.

North East Crisis Assessment & Treatment Service (NECATS)

The NECATS provides a mobile, responsive and accessible assessment service and intensive community based treatment to consumers experiencing a serious psychiatric illness in acute crisis as an alternative to hospitalisation.

The service is a 24 hour 7 days a week service. A 24-hour enhanced crisis assessment and treatment service also operates within the Emergency Department of Austin Health.

North East Continuing Care Team (NECCT)

The NECCT provides assessment, treatment and care to consumers in their local community through the provision of direct care services, case management, health promotion activities and community development.

North East Mobile Support & Treatment Service (NEMSTS)

The NEMSTS provides an assertive service to consumers with significant mental illness and psych-social disabilities.  Assertive and intensive case management by the team aims to assist the consumer to live and function at their optimum level in the community. Consumers are involved in a number of treatment programs that aim to encourage acceptance of their illness and enhancement of living and social skills.

Inpatient services

North East Acute Psychiatry Unit

Acute Admissions for NorthEast Area (12 beds) [known as Acute Psychiatry Unit or APU] is a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) [located within the Acute Psychiatric Unit] – 4 beds. This is a statewide service specifically caters for consumers who are acutely disturbed and require specialist intervention.

Located at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital - Flanders Wing – First Floor.

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Banksia House - Adult Specialist Unit

Specialist adult unit with 6 beds allocated to mothers and their babies.  The remaining 9 beds are mixed specialist beds for people with eating disorders, depression or mood disorders.

Located at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

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Secure Extended Care Unit

This is a program for consumers from the Eastern and Northern regions of metropolitan Melbourne with severe and enduring mental illness (serving St Vincent’s Hospital, Northern Hospital & Austin Health). The program offers extended treatment and care in a secure environment with long term psychosocial rehabilitation and support. The unit has 25-beds.

Located at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital - Flanders Wing – First Floor.

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Brain Disorders Program – Mary Guthrie House

The Brain Disorders Program provides an integrated State-wide Service to adults aged from 18-65 with dual disorders of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and neurodegenerative disease and mental illness, including problems with behavioural management.

The program consists of:

  •     An Extended Care /Specialist Nursing Home (20 beds - Mary Guthrie House)
  •     A slow stream rehabilitation/behavioural program (10 beds – Mary Guthrie House)
  •     A Community Reintegration Program (3 beds)
  •     Community Brain Disorders Assessment and Treatment Service (CBDATS)

Located at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.

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Veterans Psychiatry Unit

The Veterans' Psychiatry Unit (VPU) is a statewide service for war veterans, war widows and serving members of the armed forces.  The VPU consists of a 25-bed inpatient unit, with a comprehensive program, offering a range of specialised outpatient and community services. A consultation-liaison service is also provided to Veteran inpatients on both the Austin and the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospitals.

Located at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital – Ward 17.

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The Older Veterans Psychiatry Program

The Older Veterans Psychiatry Program (OVPP) provides a range of assessment and treatment services to older Veterans, including PTSD Programs, treatment for anxiety and depression and domiciliary visits. Included in OVPP is the Workgroup Program that provides flexible work, activity-based programs, and opportunities for socialisation and outings.

Located at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

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