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Inpatient programs

Department of Psychological Medicine - Hampden unit

At St Helen’s Private Hospital, we consider education about mental health to be one of the most important steps on the path to recovery.

The Department of Psychological Medicine has 31 bed inpatient unit, an ECT and TMS service.

The unit is staffed by a caring team comprising of an accredited or employed private staff psychiatrist, medical officer, registered psychiatric and general nurses, and clinical psychologists.

Our patients are encouraged to participate in a range of therapeutic group activities and individual counselling sessions designed to provide crucial support and help smooth their return to their community.

The inpatient group program delivered by the St Helen’s Private Hospital Health Professional Team is designed to provide participants with information about their illness and useful strategies to assist in the self-management of mental health.

The inpatient group program is one of the most valuable resources we are able to offer patients during their stay at St Helen’s Private Hospital, and aims to equip patients with the skills needed to regulate mental health and increase their sense of empowerment.

The St Helen’s Private Hospital Health Professional Team members delivering the inpatient group program are mindful of the various needs and interests of the inpatients, and as such, cover a diverse range of topics in the group sessions. The program is divided up in to three main components: Facts, Fun and Fitness:

Facts: Psycho-educational groups which provide information, practical strategies and techniques relating to specific psychological diagnoses and mental health issues. eg: anxiety, depression, goals, relationships, self-esteem, anger, nutrition and chronic pain.

Fun: Activities are arranged purely for entertainment and enjoyment, so patients learn the importance of having pleasurable activities to look forward to, to keep us busy, and to distract us. eg: trivia, brain teasers, movies, board games, craft, bingo, discussion groups, aromatherapy and zentangle.

Fitness: Physical activity has been proven to enhance both physical and mental health. Fitness classes provide the opportunity to participate in structured, supervised, suitable and safe exercise, tailored to our patients’ levels of fitness and mobility. eg: tai chi, pilates, circuits, yoga, stretching, nature walks, dance, fitball, strength and stability.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Inpatient and outpatient service

ECT is available at St Helen's Private Hospital for inpatients and outpatients. We have a brand new updated ECT suite equipped with the latest technology.

ECT is available as either inpatient or outpatient treatment if deemed necessary by your treating psychiatrist.

Bookings can be made through one of our consulting psychiatrists.

Our helpful and supportive staff will be able to assist you with any enquiries on 03 62216506.

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