Older Persons' Mental Health Service

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The Older Persons Mental Health Service (formerly known as the Aged Care Psychiatry Service, Prince of Wales Hospital) is a specialist clinical multidisciplinary team that provides assessments, management and care of people 65 years and over who are at risk of or who are experiencing a psychological disorder or mental illness; and provide support to their family members and carers.

Our service is guided by the principles of recovery, consumer-led care and partnering with consumers, family/carers, GPs and other key services and supports. We provide clinical assessment, treatment and management for inpatients and older people living in the local community.

 

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"Better mental health for older people"

The Older Persons' Mental Health Service aims to provide the best possible, available treatment for people over 65 year of age who are at risk of or are experiencing mental health problems.

Core activities

Our core activities are the prevention and treatment of mental illness, including rehabilitation, occurring in older persons living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. We provide:

  1.  Diagnosis and Assessment
  2.  Acute treatment
  3.  Outpatient care
  4.  Domiciliary Assessment
  5.  Assistance to families of our patients
  6.  Education
  7.  Research

Principles

The following principles underpin our service:

  • High quality, ethical and compassionate care.
  • Evidence based practice that emphasises planning, evaluation and outcomes measurement.
  • Accountability and responsibility to the community we serve.
  • Commitment to research and teaching.
  • A recovery orientated framework of care.
  • Consumer focus and consumer-led care that involves consumers, families, carers, and other service providers in partnerships of care.
  • Partnerships with other providers of health related services.
  • Equity; patients are not discriminated against by virtue of race, religion, sexual orientation or other personal attributes.
  • Accessible and available community based treatment that maintains persons in their own home for as long as possible.

The Older Persons' Mental Health Service (OPMHS) includes:

  • Integrated community and hospital-based, acute and subacute older persons' mental health assessment and treatment programs.
  • Short - medium term programs directed to rehabilitation, recovery and maintenance of functioning.
  • Consultation/Liaison services to older patients in the Mental Health Service (including PECC), Geriatric medicine service and main Consultant Liaison Psychiatry service at Prince of Wales Hospital, and to the War Memorial Hospital, Waverley.
  • Specialist services: Memory Clinic and Behavioural Assessment and Intervention Service (BASIS)
  • Health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Clinical academic focus that includes research, training and education.
  • Referral to community services and residential aged care facilities via My Aged Care.

The Euroa Ward is an Older Persons Mental Health Inpatient Unit situated in the Euroa Centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

For more information on the Euroa Ward >>> click here

We work as a multidisciplinary team to provide mental health assessments, treatment, care and support to consumers over 65 years old who are living in the community or in aged care facilities.  This service includes a Community Nursing Outreach Psychiatry Service for the Elderly (COPE). 

We provide liaison, information and education to health care workers, residential care facilities and non-government organisations involved in the care of older people.

 

Criteria for referral to the Older Persons' Mental Health Service (OPMHS)

The Older Person, usually aged 65 years or over, is resident in the ESMHS catchment area and has either:

  • A mental disorder presenting for the first time in old age (usually 65 years and over), or
  • A relapse of a mental disorder that occurred before the age of 65 and where previous care from adult mental health services occurred two or more years ago, or the person's previous care was in another mental health service e.g. the private sector or another mental health service catchment area, or
  • Cognitive disorder with mental health complications such as depression, suicidality, psychosis or severe anxiety.

Referrals we do not accept

  • Dementia-related behaviour change WITHOUT accompanying mental disorders (refer to DBMAS or SBRT instead).
  • For neuropsychological assessments from external providers
  • For medico-legal or guardianship assessments

Process for Community, Emergency Department, PECC & Sydney Hospital referrals to the Older Persons' Mental Health Service, Prince of Wales Hospital (incl. COPE and Memory Clinic)

OPMHS accepts referrals from 08:30am - 16:30pm, Monday to Friday.
The main intake number is 9382 3759 with 9382 3753 being a backup number.

If the referral occurs after hours (weekends or nights) or is for an urgent or emergency issue requiring a response within 48 hours, we recommend that you ring the 24 hour Mental Health line 1800 011 511. This will prompt an urgent assessment by the Acute Care Team (ACT) who will hand over the referral to OPMHS once the risks have been adequately assessed and an appropriate response in place. 

 

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For any mental distress, please call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. If life is at risk, please call Triple Zero (000) to receive immediate help.

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