Mental illness comprises a wide range of disorders and can vary in severity. Additionally, social issues such as unemployment, addiction, disability, poverty and homelessness may further impact a persons ability to access services. ACT Health provides a number of specialised mental health services to help each person access individualized care which is suitable for their needs.
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
The Aboriginal Liaison Office ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the ACT and Regional NSW can access mainstream healthcare services.
The Aboriginal Liaison Office can provide:
- Emotional, social and cultural support to patients and their families
- Liaison services for patients and their families; and
- Information about hospital services and the linkage between the Hospital and other Indigenous Community resources.
The Aboriginal Liaison Officers work in collaboration with social workers to undertake these services. This service is available Monday to Friday during business hours.
You can contact the Aboriginal Liaison Office through the Social Work department by calling (02) 6244 2316.
Aboriginal Mental Health Nurse
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health nurse provides mental health assessment and community support for Aboriginal people within the community who are not receiving mental health support from mainstream mental health services.
This service encompasses all of Canberra region.
- (02) 6284 6222
- Winnunga Nimmityjah Health Service
Challenging perceptions around drug and alcohol use is a large part of the work undertaken by this service. The co-morbidity clinician provides a consultation-liaison service to mental health clinicians in relation to people who have mental health and alcohol and drug issues.
This clinician works with other ACT Health mental health teams to provide training, advice and consultation to other clinical staff and people registered with the service. The co-morbidity clinician completes joint assessments to enable them to develop comprehensive and collaborative plans that address mental health and co-morbidity issues. Opportunities are taken to develop relationships with community agencies and further develop linkages with the Alcohol & Drug Service Co-Morbidity clinician.
All referrals and initial contact with the ACT Alcohol and Other Drugs Services can be made by calling the 24 Hour Helpline - 6207 9977
Mental Health Service for People with Intellectual Disability (MHS ID)
The Mental Health Service for People with Intellectual Disability (MHS ID) is a specialist consultation - liaison service that provides comprehensive clinical assessment and mental health treatment to people with an intellectual disability and a known or suspected mental illness/mental dysfunction. This MHS ID team provides mental health expertise to mental health colleagues, external agencies, medical teams, families and carers as well as provides training and education to treating practitioners, families, support persons and other relevant agencies.
Referrals can be made by contacting the Mental Health Service for People with Intellectual Disability team.
- (02) 6207 9977
- Gungahlin Community Health Centre, 57 Earnest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin ACT 2912 (On the corner of Ernest Cavanagh Street and Fussell Lane)
Older Persons Mental Health Community Team (OPMCT)
The Older Persons Mental Health Community Team is a specialist mental health assessment and care service for people over the age of 65 years with mental illness and issues of ageing. The multidisciplinary team works within a clinical management model to provide specialist mental health assessment and treatment services to people with complex co-morbidities of mental and physical health conditions.
The OPMHCT has an Intensive Treatment Service (ITS) that focuses on providing intensive care to people who have recently been discharged from hospital or who are living in the community but require extra support.
- (02) 6205 1957
- Calvary Hospital
Mental Health Neuropsychology
The Mental Health Neuropsychology team is a specialised mental health service that provides comprehensive neuropsychology assessments and consultation to consumers currently registered with mental health teams in the ACT.
A neuropsychology assessment looks at a range of mental abilities such as memory, attention, planning, reasoning, processing speed and general intelligence and these assessments can be used to assist with diagnosis, understanding personal strengths and weaknesses, and treatment planning.
Referrals for neuropsychological assessment are only accepted for people currently receiving treatment from Mental Health teams in the ACT and must be facilitated by their treating Psychiatrist.
- (02) 6205 1488
- Woden Community Health Centre, Cnr Keltie and Corinna Streets, Woden ACT 2606
Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre (BHRC)
Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre (BHRC) is a 30 bed mental health residential facility that aims to provide a recovery focused model of care within a rehabilitation setting. Presently it serves a number of functions including longer long term residential care, medium term rehabilitation services, and an Extended Care Unit which provides a an environment for secure care.
The centre provides person centred care tailored to the individual needs and goals of each resident. BHRC utilises evidence based interventions within a rehabilitation context aimed toward people achieving independent living skills, improved mental health and integration back into the community
Referrals to the centre are only accepted for people already receiving treatment through mental health services in the ACT and who have an allocated mental health Clinical Manager. Detailed information will be required as part of the referral process.
As this is a residential facility, there is a financial cost to people staying at BHRC.
Adult Mental Health Day Service
The Adult Mental Health Day Service (AMHDS) is a free day program which delivers evidence based and recovery focused interventions. The programs include individual and group psychotherapy for people who have experienced a mental illness and are living in the community such as psycho education, living skills programs, individual and group psychotherapy programs. These programs are designed to enhance a person’s quality of life and improve their capacity to live in the community.
Referrals are accepted form acute mental health care settings, mental health rehabilitation units and other community mental health settings.
- (02) 6207 9977
- Belconnen Community Health Centre, 56 Lathlain St, Belconnen ACT 2617
Eating Disorders Program
The ACT Eating Disorders Program is a specialist, community-based, multidisciplinary team providing assessment and treatment programs to people with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder. The program offers Family Based Therapy programs, Group work and Dietician consultations. Referrals are received from GP’s. The team operates in business hours, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Refer to the Eating Disorders web page for more information.
- (02) 6205 1519
- Phillip Community Health Centre, Cnr Keltie and Corinna Streets, Woden ACT 2606