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.

The Equipped For Life group endeavours to provide a lifestyle medicine approach to less severe or chronic mental health disorders.

This program aims to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness through the use of practical skills which improve quality of life.

The programs aims to teach participants various practical skills for living, encourage reflection and self-examination, teach time management and money management skills, promote healthier food choices, encourages exercise, and asks participants to be pro-active in their own treatment.

The program looks at healthy relationship building, and ensures that participants take up habits that promote health and improve quality of life.

The Equipped For Life program is suitable for individuals with the following conditions or disorders (not in the acute phase):

  • Alcohol dependence
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • PTSD or OCD disorders
  • Some Personality disorders
  • Substance related disorders.


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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