Inpatient wards

The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) offers specialised rehabilitation care in the following wards and departments:

Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit

The Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit (AMHRU) is a specialist mental health inpatient rehabilitation unit for up to 20 patients.

We provide care and support for people with enduring or persistent mental health conditions who require extended hospital stays between 3 and 12 months.

We focus on supported therapeutic living to help you return to independent living with support from the community. The unit is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by nurses who work with a range of dedicated mental health professionals. These include psychiatrists, psychiatry registrars, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, arts therapists and allied health assistants.

Our team also includes a dietician, an exercise physiologist and an alcohol and drug nurse to provide an overall holistic approach to care and treatment.

Referrals to the unit are accepted through an acute mental health facility, ACT community mental health teams and GPs.

Please contact the Clinical Nurse Consultant on 02 6174 8303 for more information.

Mental Health for a full list of ACT Health services.

In crisis situations contact:

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT)

The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) provides a 24-hour, seven day a week service used for assessment and treatment of mentally ill people in crisis situations.

Call the CATT Mental Health Triage Service on 1800 629 354 (24 hour service) or (02) 6205 1065.

Therapeutic services

Please see the information below for a full list of therapeutic mental health services provided at the AMHRU.

Group services

  • group programs
  • recreational groups
  • art and creative therapy
  • medication and other medical interventions
  • health education
  • psychological therapies
  • physical therapies – sensory modulation and exercise programs
  • pre-vocational and vocational training -job readiness and budget skills
  • social skills training
  • community based activities

Individual services

  • daily living activities
  • skills training
  • supportive counselling, motivational interviewing and coaching
  • illness management
  • functional assessments
  • psychological testing and therapies
  • occupational therapies

Recovery process

We use a range of techniques to help your recovery.

The Recovery Star Model helps you measure your recovery progress within 10 areas.

These include managing mental health, physical health and self-care, living skills, social networks, work, relationships, addictive behaviour, responsibilities, identity and self esteem and trust and hope.

You are also required to identify recovery goals, as part of your Recovery Care Plan. This plan is developed in collaboration with your rehabilitation team and significant others to help you establish psychological, emotional and daily activity skills.

Your Recovery Care Plan also identifies tailored groups and interventions, as well as various social activities to encourage you to participate in community engagement.

We also hold regular Collaborative Recovery Review meetings with you and your support network to review your progress and ensure all recovery goals, treatment and discharge planning dates are achievable and effective.

Rehabilitation Inpatient Units

The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) has 4 inpatient rehabilitation units that provide specialised and dedicated care to various people in the community.

Admission to each unit is based on an initial assessment and your individual needs.

Each unit provides single, 2 bedroom or 4 bedroom accommodation.

Nursing staff are available on each ward 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.

Stromlo Unit

The Stromlo Unit provides care for patients with neurological conditions, including stroke, brain injury, spinal chord injury, Motor Neuron Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Majura Unit

The Majura Unit provides ortho-geriatric rehabilitation services for older people with various medical conditions that are associated with ageing.

Cotter Unit

The Cotter Unit provides rehabilitation services for patients who have limited tolerance or ability to participate in rehabilitation. This includes those with non-weight bearing restrictions or who need maintenance services while waiting home modification or placement.

Namadgi Unit

The Namadgi Unit provides care for patients with general rehabilitation conditions, including amputations and disability due to medical illness, surgery or trauma.