Statewide and Specialist Services
In addition to the local area services, a number of specialist services are delivered on a statewide basis. These services offer an additional level of expertise or service response for people with particular clinical conditions or high level needs. It is important for the area services to be aware of what the specialist services offer, as some consumers will benefit from their input.Statewide services include:
Statewide psychiatric intensive care services are available at Alfred Psychiatry. The service provides bed based assessment and treatment for clients who are inpatients of Victoria AMHS and present with significant behavioural and treatment difficulties.
The Bouverie Centre is a state-wide integrated clinical, academic and consultation agency specialising in family approaches in mental health service provision. The Bouverie Centre provides a range of programs to individuals and family members, service providers and agencies.
Alcohol and Depression
Brain Disorders Service
The brain disorders program provides services to adults with acquired brain injury or neurodegenerative conditions with associated psychiatric disorder. The program has a range of inpatient, residential and community oriented programs, including outreach services and secondary consultation.
Community Brain Disorders Assesssment and Treatment Service (CBDATS)
Child inpatient unit
The Victorian Dual Disability Service, jointly auspiced by St Vincents Mental Health and North Western Mental Health, provides consultation and education and training to specialist clinical mental health services in relation to people with both intellectual disability and mental illness.
Victorian Dual Disability Service
The statewide component of EPPIC supports other specialist mental health services across the state to achieve best practice in first onset psychosis through consultation, education and training and the provision of key resources. (EPPIC Statewide is part of Orygen Youth Health, an early psychosis program operating in the western and north western suburbs of Melbourne)
Eating Disorder Services
Forensicare provides a range of services to mentally disordered offenders. These include secure hospital inpatient services at Thomas Embling Hospital and community based services. Forensicare also provides specialist assessment and treatment for mentally ill prisoners, and an on site assessment and advice court liaison service to some Magistrates Courts to assist in the identification and management of people in these settings.
A number of services to support Kooris are provided throughout Victoria. These include Koori Mental Health Liaison Workers in rural Victoria to assist rural clinical mental health services provide culturally appropriate services, assist with policy development and liaison and provide practical support to Aboriginal people attending these services.
In addition, the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) provides
a number of mental health and counselling services for the Indigenous
community in Victoria
Family Counselling Service
Specialist mother and baby services provide for the admission of mothers with a mental illness with their baby, in addition to associated community and multidisciplinary services. Services are available at Austin Health, Southern Health, and Mercy Health.
This is a statewide specialist service located at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. It is a specialist eight-bed inpatient service that offers assessment, short-term admission and treatment in relation to neuropsychiatric disorders.
Neuropsychiatry Unit - Royal Melbourne Hospital
Spectrum provides consultation, training, treatment and research in relation to people with severe and borderline personality disorder who are at risk of serious self-harm or suicide. Spectrum works closely with area mental health services and clinicians to support their work and develop their skills in providing a more effective response.
The Psychotropic Drug Advisory Service is a statewide specialist service providing independent information on psychiatric medicines and other psychoactive substances to a broad customer base. Psychiatrists, general practitioners, allied health professionals, consumers, carers, and support organisations use the service.
Reconnexion provides information, education and counselling for panic, anxiety and depression. It also provides a specialist counselling service for clients who need or want to withdraw from benzodiazepine or analgesis use.
The units function is to contribute to improvement in the quality
and accessibility of mental health services available to non-English speaking
background communities and to develop innovative models of mental health