Older Persons Mental Health
The Older Persons Mental Health Service provides assessment, management and support for people who have a mental illness over the age of 65 years in the RBWH suburb catchment. Our service works within the community and in the hospital to help people understand their illness and find ways to reduce or cope with illness symptoms.
Following an initial assessment the team will discuss the treatment options available. If our service is recommended, a mental health clinician will work with the consumer in the community and also provide support if admission to hospital is required.
The treating team includes a range of mental health professionals including a doctor, nurse or occupational therapist. The GP and/or community supports will be kept in contact to ensure that everyone involved with the conusmers’ care understands the plan for treatment and ongoing care.
How to access this service
You may be referred by a GP, a family member or self-refer.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Recovery goals and plan
- Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription and herbal medicine
- Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
- Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments