There is a comprehensive range of public mental health services. Mental health care is provided for children, adolescents, adults and older people.
Services are provided through community mental health units, hospitals and community health centres.
General practitioners are able to help people with mental illness and make referrals to specialist mental health services when needed.
There is also a wide network of non-government organisations not listed in this directory that provide many important mental health services with assistance from the State Government.
For information on these and other health services, call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222 or search the Mental Health Service Directory for services in your area.
TELEPHONE HELP LINES
Support for individuals, families and carers involved in a mental health emergency.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES
Various services are available for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural and learning problems and their families. Services include assessment, diagnosis, consultation and therapy.
COMMUNITY TREATMENT AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES
Community based mental health services are spread throughout the metropolitan area and in country locations. These clinics and centres have professional staff including psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists to provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing support.
IN-PATIENT SERVICES AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
In-patient units provide in-hospital treatment for people with a mental illness on a short-term basis and help them return to the community. Other assistance for people with mental illness, including older people, is provided by a range of mental health services, hospitals and community health centres. Services include:
respite care for families and carers;
support services and care at home;
self care training; and
counselling for families.
CRISIS ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT SERVICES
Services for people with mental illness and in need of urgent professional care can be obtained from community mental health clinics and centres, the Psychiatric Emergency Team and hospital emergency departments.