Mental health - Day programs

Day programs are available to people who have been recently discharged from hospital or have transitioned back into their community, but require ongoing support to prevent relapse of symptoms.

Our day program patients are able to access a more personalised program one or more days a week.

The program offers an environment of group therapy aimed at promoting recovery within a community setting.

Individuals referred to the program undergo an initial assessment to determine their specific treatment goals.

Day programs at Windsor Road Clinic contribute to the provision of treatment through evidence based group sessions, facilitated by qualified accredited or employed multidisciplinary mental health professionals.

Day programs:

ACT For LIFE is a day program designed to help you transition back to daily living after an inpatient stay in a mental health facility, or following a mental health crisis.

ACT for LIFE is an important part of aftercare, and an essential aspect of relapse prevention.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a relatively new form of therapy that helps you relate differently to your anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying mind, self defeating behaviours, and/or anything else that causes you problems.

The aim of ACT is to limit the ways these run your life.

The ACT program is suitable for individuals with the following conditions or disorders (but not limited to):

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Smoking cessation
  • Substance abuse
  • Weight management
  • Work-related stress.

The two main aims of the program are:

  1. To teach participants how to more effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings
  2. To create a rich and meaningful life.

About the Equipped for Life Day program

The Windsor Road Private Clinic runs “Equipped for Life”, a therapy program for patients diagnosed with chronic mental health disorders. The program looks at building healthy relationships and ensuring participants take up habits to promote good health choices and improved quality of life.

Our Day Program

The “Equipped for Life” day program is suitable for:

  • Addiction disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • PTSD
  • Personality/emotional disorders

The program includes therapy sessions that involve a combination of psycho-therapy and lifestyle groups. It has been developed to assist in a seamless transition from an inpatient to day patient.

Duration of the program

The Equipped for Life day program consists of at least three sessions that are 30-60 minutes duration for each session

The Equipped for Life Day Program is run at the following times:

  • 9:00am to 12:00pm Wednesdays.
  • 3:00pm – 6:00pm Wednesdays.

Suitability

The Equipped for Life Day Program is recommended for:

  • People in the community who need support in maintaining wellness.
  • Patients who have been recently discharged from hospital.
  • Inpatients who have transitioned into their community but require ongoing support.

A risk assessment will be conducted by our clinical intake team to ensure patients’ suitability for our program

Our team consists of:

Members of our experienced multidisciplinary team include the following health professionals:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Mental Health Nurse Specialists
  • Counsellors
  • Dieticians
  • Social Workers

Your goals may include:

  • To improve wellness and strength through therapy, exercise and education
  • To learn skills to help manage stress and anxiety in everyday situations.
  • To increase confidence

Access to Services

Access to the mental health day programs is available via referral. Your local GP, physician or surgeon will be able to assist you with obtaining a referral to a medical specialist who is accredited at the hospital and who can organise your admission.

To make a referral, please contact the Day Program on 02 9686 0454 or via the eReferral portal.

What to bring to your initial consultation

  • Concession Card (Seniors Health Benefit or Pension card)
  • Medicare Card (also required for physicians reviews)
  • Private Health Insurance members card
  • Referral
  • Safety Net Card (if appropriate)
  • Veterans Affairs Card (if appropriate)


Suitability

Each patient is reviewed prior to beginning the program by one of our psychiatrists.

They assess suitability for the program, and will monitor patient progress throughout the program.


To attend The Hills Private Day Program you will need a referral from the hospital that you attended, your psychiatrist, or your general practitioner (GP).

It can either be faxed or mailed to us, or you can bring it with you to your first scheduled review with the Psychiatrist who will be overseeing your care during the program.

Day Program enquires can be directed to:

Mental Health Unit
(02) 9686 0439

Day Program Reception
(02) 9686 0454

Day Program Fax
(02) 9686 2003

The structure of the program varies between the groups that are run.


Equipped for Life Program

Wednesdays between 9.30am- 12.30pm.

This group focuses on the development or redevelopment of life skillsto promote balance and success in day to day living. The Equipped For Life Program is an open group, meaning participants can join in at any time.

It typically runs for eight weeks, however participants can continue on as needed.

ACT for Life Program
Thursdays between 9.30am – 1pm.


This group uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques in order to assist patients to take control of their lives.

The ACT For Life Program runs over eight weeks, and is a closed group.

Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all eight sessions in one block, and individuals can only start in the program when a new block is commencing.

Please contact us for session start dates.

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