The Psychology service works with our patients and their families and our clinical staff to help manage emotional, psychological, or behavioural problems that may be affecting the wellbeing of our patients or affecting their treatment and self-management.
There are a range of highly trained staff members who work with our patients depending on the needs of the patient.
What we do
Our staff can help our patients and their families cope emotionally with serious illness, disability, invasive treatments, and issues such as loss of personal effectiveness, identity and control. They also have a role in health behaviour change.
Staff are also able to help identify and manage changes in people's cognition (our mental abilities and processes) and behaviour following brain injury, stroke or other brain disorders.
The information that staff obtain is used to help them determine the diagnosis, plan treatments, monitor recovery, and help people adjust to changes in their abilities. Where required, certain members of the team (neuropsychologists) can provide an expert opinion about a person’s decision-making capacity, such as in regard to where a person is discharged, refusal of treatment, capacity to manage their own financial and legal affairs.
More detailed information is available on the NorthWestern Mental Health website.
How to access this service
Hospital staff may discuss your eligibility for this service during your visit. Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital.
Once we receive the referral, we will contact you.
If there is a waiting list, we will advise you what to do.
In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.