We provide mental health services to older adults as an alternative to hospital or to minimise the length of stay in an acute inpatient facility.
- This service is for older people experiencing significant or severe mental illness
- We see people at our offices or have the ability to also see people in their own homes when required
- We accept referrals for this service
What we do
Our Aged Psychiatry Assessment and Treatment Teams (APATT) provide assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and case management to older adults, helping to prevent unnecessary hospitalisation and minimise the length of stay in acute inpatient facilities.
We work with the older person and their family to assess the severity of their mental illness and recommend an appropriate form of treatment and/or support. In all cases, there is a shared care arrangement with a GP.
Who can use our service
Older adults (typically aged 65 or over) who are experiencing significant disturbance of thoughts, mood or perception, or severe behavioural or psychological symptoms of dementia.
Where we are located
We see people at our clinics or have the ability to also see people in their own homes when required.
Our clinics are located at:
- RMH Royal Park (North West and Inner West APATT)
- Harvester Clinic (Western APATT)
Find out more about our clinic locations.
We accept referrals for this service
Call Triage on 1300 874 243 to discuss a new referral.
If your patient is currently seeing a clinician at one of our clinics and you would like to discuss treatment or care plans, contact the appropriate local mental health service directly and ask to speak to the key clinician, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
For out of hours support, call Triage. If your patient is presenting in an emergency situation, call 000 for an immediate response.
When referring a person over 65 years to our services, Triage is likely to request details of recent clinical investigations and testing (generally within the last 28 days or more recent, depending on the clinical presentation).
Please complete the Referral letter: Aged persons mental health program and send it to us via:
Fax: (03) 9342 4147
HealthPathways Melbourne provides guidance on best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including when and where to refer patients.
Parkville Connect is a secure web-based portal providing GPs, specialists and other health professionals with information in the Parkville electronic medical record (EMR).
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