Director of Clinical Services Karen Gullick, Hospital CEO Peter Mott and Deputy Director of Medical Services Dr Andy Papa-Adams.
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MENTAL HEALTH NEWS
Hollywood expands private mental health services to become biggest in state
Hollywood Private Hospital is building a dedicated mental health day hospital and expanding existing inpatient services following a 60 per cent rise in
psychiatry admissions over the past five years.
This major development will see The Hollywood Clinic grow
by 31 beds bringing the total number of inpatient beds to
101 – making it the largest private standalone mental health
facility in Western Australia.
Hollywood Private Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Peter
Mott, said the development would strengthen Hollywood
and Ramsay Health Care’s position as a leader in mental
“With one in five people experiencing a mental health issue
in any given year, we know the importance of providing
comprehensive mental health services to the community,”
Mr Mott said.
“The significant growth in our mental health admissions can
largely be attributed to the success of our programs at The
Hollywood Clinic,” Mr Mott said. “We also know there has
been a reduction in stigma around mental health and more
people are seeking help for their issues.”
“The new mental health day hospital will enable our team of
multidisciplinary experts to provide additional day services,
which will increase options for people wanting to remain in the
community while they are receiving treatment,” Mr Mott said.
Mr Mott said the expansion had been carefully planned to
promote a healing environment with plenty of light and space.
“The day hospital is purpose built and will have multiple
group therapy rooms and a neuro stimulation suite for
electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic
simulation,” he said.
The project is the hospital’s fourth major expansion to
mental health services since The Hollywood Clinic opened
Ramsay Health Care has a long history in the area of mental
health services with its first clinic established by Founder,
the late Paul Ramsay, in Sydney in 1964.
Since then Ramsay Health Care has grown to be the largest
provider of private mental health services in Australia
operating 25 mental health units across the country with
approximately 1,000 beds. Ramsay hospitals treat more
than 70,000 mental health patients every year.
Northside Group to
hold international mood
Northside Group will host a mood disorders
conference in Sydney in association with Professor
Philip Mitchell, Medical Director of Northside Group
St Leonard’s Clinic Mood Disorders Unit.
“Managing mood disorders: At the cutting edge” will be
held on 19 October 2019.
The one day event will feature Professor Mark Frye from
the Mayo Clinic as keynote speaker, in addition to the
following mood disorder specialists:
• Scientia Professor Philip Mitchell (Northside Group);
• Professor Colleen Loo (Northside Group);
• Professor Mal Hopwood (Albert Road Clinic);
• Professor Gin Malhi (University of Sydney, Royal North
Shore Hospital’s CADE Clinic); and
• Professor Ian Hickie (University of Sydney’s Brain & Mind Centre)
• Professor Gordon Parker (Black Dog Institute)
Registration will be open to all Ramsay Health Care
celebration in the PARC
Mildura’s Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC)
has celebrated one year of helping people with
mental health issues to stay out of hospital and get
back home to everyday life.
It has been a year of great achievements at the PARC with 85
people supported through short and long-term admissions.
The 10-bed, $4.3 million Mildura PARC was opened by the
Victorian government in 2018.
Mildura Base Hospital (MBH) CEO Julia Morgan said MBH and
Ramsay Health Care lobbied for the facility because of a need
for more residential care options for mental health clients. “The
goal, always, is to support people to get back home and back
into their community.
“PARC offers a recovery program that is very individualised
and person-focused, so it’s about involving families and
planning the recovery process with the client,” Ms Morgan said.
Wellways Australia CEO Elizabeth Crowther said the PARC
was providing “specialist services and a recovery pathway” to
people who might otherwise go to hospital.
Wellways General Manager of Services Sean Hegarty,
Gayle Danson, Wellways CEO Liz Crowther, Wellways Regional
Manager David Cahill, MBH Director of Mental Health Services
David Kirby and PARC Mildura Manager Michele Gorrett.
The centre provides state-of-the-art residential care to
people experiencing mental health issues and is operated by
Wellways Australia in association with Mildura Base Hospital
and Ramsay Health Care.
The PARC provides intensive, short-term residential support
services for people experiencing mental health issues, with the
aim of preventing a possible hospital admission.
Wellways and Mildura Base Hospital have collaborated
across the year to develop services and provide clinical
expertise. Wellways provides psychological support and helps
participants regain skills, such as daily living, developing
routines and reconnecting with their family and community.