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Mental Health

The mental health team at Northpark Private Hospital offer a range of quality inpatient and day programs for people experiencing mental illness.

Contact information:

For outpatient appointments contact the consulting suites: 9468 0110
For day programs contact: 9468 0177
For hospital admissions contact: 9468 0850
For all other enquiries please contact hospital reception: 9468 0100

East Ward is a 44 bed voluntary inpatient facility that focuses on achieving personal centred planning and is guided by our core values of promoting respect, service and advocacy for patients with a mental health illness.

Our nursing staff provide a supportive atmosphere and environment with a structured life strategy designed to promote recovery.

During voluntary inpatient admission, our patients have a responsibility to promote their own recovery by adhering to our guidelines and procedures, as specified in the inpatient agreement. This helps to ensure a safe, supportive, and nurturing setting.

Medical treatment includes medication therapy, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

In situations where a person is in need of an immediate psychiatric assessment, a consultation can be arranged with an accredited Northpark Private Hospital psychiatrist.

Day programs

A number of group programs are available on an outpatient basis to meet individual requirements.

A program calendar is available from the Intake Coordinator on telephone 03 9468 0100 ext 177.

Aims to break the cycle for those who struggle to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings, who have become disconnected from their values and are caught in a ‘loop’ of unwise choices and undesirable consequences. Broken up in to a foundations program or wise choices program.

Designed for adults with a wide range of mental health problems who are interested in using creative expression as a starting point for therapeutic exploration. No creative experience is required to benefit from this program.

CBT is a framework for understanding how our perspectives can alter thoughts, feelings and behaviours in situations. Useful in helping many people understand themselves and improve the management of their mental health in dealing with anxiety and depressive conditions.

Skills-based program designed to help those who have experienced repeated episodes of depression by helping to prevent relapse. It combines ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes.

This program combines art therapy with mindfulness to help clients to learn and practice mindfulness skills that can help to reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.

Provided to individuals that experience chronic mental health difficulties and require ongoing support to improve general livelihood and functioning across many areas of their life. Aims to provide skills such as Assertiveness, Insight into early warning signs and triggers, Anger Management, Problem Solving, Building Motivation, Mindfulness, and Promoting Healthy Relationships.

Designed specifically for older adults (65 or above) aiming to provide ongoing support to people who are experiencing mental illness later in life. This is offered within a context of understanding the interactions between the psychological, physiological and social effects of the ageing process. The program provides meaningful social contact, intellectual and physical activity to assist patients on their journey of recovery.

TMS Information

rTMS:
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a treatment for depression and other psychiatric disorders.
It has gained increasing attention in recent years as research has established its role in treatment programs.
There is an emerging consensus that TMS does have antidepressant activity and does play a useful role in the treatment of patients with depression.

What is rTMS?
rTMS is a procedure that involves the focused application of magnetic energy to superficial regions of the brain, thus inducing small electrical currents. During an rTMS procedure, an electrical current passes through a small coil placed close to the scalp. This current induces a magnetic field. The magnetic field can pass into the brain without resistance. If the magnetic field is of sufficient strength, it will stimulate electrical activity in nerves below the coil, that is, in superficial regions of the brain. This stimulation may be repeated many times per second and with variation in intensity: these variations will determine the effects of the stimulation – rTMS can be applied in differing ways to either increase or decrease local brain activity.

What happens when you have rTMS?
rTMS is usually administered once per day. Sessions take between 20 and 60 minutes per day depending on what’s prescribed. During an rTMS session a patient is awake, alert and aware or what is happening at all times. He/she sits in a comfortable chair.

A calibration session is done before the actual Treatment. This comprises testing the right area to stimulate and decide on the dose of energy percentage to be used. The patient may feel small twitches in the hand during this procedure. It is not painful. The procedure is done to establish how high the machine intensity needs to be set to affect the brain in an individual patient.

During the treatment itself, a coil is placed on the scalp (held by hand or with a coil stand) near the front region on the brain. This may be on the left or right depending on how the treatment is being given. The coil is connected to a machine that generates the electrical current. The current produces no sensation as it does not come into contact with the body. As the magnetic field is produced by the electrical current being switched on and off, the machine produces a clicking sound although the patient will usually wear disposable ear plugs to prevent any discomfort from the sound. The patient may feel a tapping sensation under the coil (this occurs due to a twitch produced in the scalp muscles as the magnetic field crosses into the brain).

The magnetic field can also stimulate small nerves around the head and face producing a muscle twitch in the forehead, face or eye region. The stimulation can be applied in a variety of ways: the most common two ways are either as a long train of pulses administered approximately one per second or as short bursts of a large number of pulses administered over a few seconds at a time.

Northpark Private Hospital has been administering inpatient rTMS to admitted patients for over 10 years and we are pleased to announce that Outpatient rTMS is now available.
This has been a long awaited treatment option with extensive research data in support of the use of rTMS to treat patients with depression.
With the introduction of the Outpatient rTMS, patients who have rTMS via admission to the Mental Health Unit at Northpark could safely have their maintenance treatments by an outpatient appointment.
General Enquiries:
Please contact:
northparktms@healthscope.com.au
03 9468 0359

Outpatient rTMS Location:
Northpark Private Consulting Suites – Level 1
(Main hospital building)

Outpatient rTMS Referral Process
1. Ask your Psychiatrist to complete a TMS Referral Form and send it to NorthparkTMS@healthscope.com.au

2. You will then be contacted by an rTMS clinician and booked for Outpatient rTMS Calibration (if required) and all treatments.

3. Your referring Doctor will be notified of your booking by an rTMS clinician.

Download information:

  • Day Program Brochure
  • Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT) Brochure ECT Brochure
  • Repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) rTMS Brochure

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