Other conditions

Mental health conditions are wide ranging. People can experience different mental health challenges at different times in their lives or following different life experiences.

A number of Ramsay Mental Health services offer a general mental health ward, to care for patients experiencing general mental health issues and mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

Community Outreach Services

New Farm Clinic offers Community Outreach Services ('Hospital in the Home') for Patients in their own home. The Community Outreach Service's primary goals are to facilitate recovery, minimising the effects of illness and reduce the length and frequency of hospital-based admissions. Case Managers support the patient, family members and carers to manage and improve patients’ overall quality of life.


An evidenced based treatment which focuses on developing patients’ Mentalizing capacities. Mentalizing is the awareness of mental states, in the self and in others. Mental States include thoughts and feelings, attitudes, beliefs, intentions, and wishes. The model focuses on what happens to people’s mental states when their level of emotional distress rises. In this state the capacity to “mentalise,” (to maintain a complex picture of one’s own and others’ mental states) is compromised, leading to impulsivity and to misunderstandings which cause further distress. The mental states of other people are often misperceived when Mentalizing capacities are poor, leading to interpersonal problems or to isolation and high anxiety.

Who might benefit: Suitable for people with group experience seeking to further develop emotional regulation skills, awareness of self and others, and interpersonal skills;

Entry requirements: The program requires assessment with a group facilitator.

Duration: Minimum 6 months commitment is required;

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-2:15pm

RO-DBT Informed Therapy

The Radically Open Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Program is a social connectedness program consisting of psychoeducational content and activities of social engagement. RO-DBT aims to encourage context appropriate and open emotion expression to increase trust and desires to affiliate. Marked by low receptivity & openness, low flexible control, pervasive inhibited emotional expression, low social connectedness and intimacy with others, these patients have the ability to tolerate distress, delay gratification, and avoid public displays of emotion. While often seen as helpful behaviours, too much self-control can prove to be exhausting and problems are less likely to be noticed- reducing opportunities for feedback and psychological help. RO-DBT aims to enable receptivity and openness to new experiences, flexible control, intimacy and social connectedness.

Who might benefit: The RO-DBT Informed Therapy program targets overcontrol. This program is designed for individuals experiencing disorders such as OCD, paranoid personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, anorexia nervosa, schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders, autism, treatment resistant anxiety, and internalizing disorders.

Entry requirements: Enrolment is possible at any time; a brief assessment over the phone may be required.

Duration:Group members can begin at any time and continue to attend as long as they need ongoing support for their mental health difficulties; the program runs over a cycle of approximately 25 weeks.

When: Monday 9:00am-2:15pm

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

The Compassion-Focused therapy is an integrated and multimodal approach that draws from evolutionary, social, developmental and Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience. One of its key concerns is to use compassionate mind training to help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion.

Who might benefit: The Compassion-Focused therapy group is designed for individuals requiring assistance with treatment resistant mood disorders such as depression and anxiety (especially harsh self-criticism).

Entry requirements: There are no entry requirements; enrolment is possible at any time;

Duration: 12 weeks closed group program, delivered one day per week. Contact our Day Patient Program Co-ordinator for commencement dates;

When: Mondays 9:00am-2:15pm

Life Skills

Life Skills is a day program run on Fridays.

The Life Skills group is a relapse prevention program consisting of psychoeducational content and activities utilising therapeutic skills. The group is designed to combine psychoeducation, social stimulation and professional support. The objective is to provide a therapeutic milieu where patients can experience a supportive group environment, learn new skills or to continue with skills learned in hospital. This group will support patients as they manage the daily challenges they face in life, as well as provide additional support for those waiting to engage in other day programs.

Who might benefit: The Life Skills program is designed for individuals who have recently been an inpatient and require some ongoing support for their mental health concerns, as well as for people who benefit from regular support and psychological assistance to maintain stable mental health.

Entry requirements: There are no entry requirements; enrolment is possible at any time;

Duration: There is no minimum or maximum attendance time required. Group members can continue to attend as long as they need ongoing support for their mental health difficulties;

When: Friday 9:00am-2:15pm

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