Centre for Women’s Mental Health

The Centre for Women’s Mental Health provides assessment and treatment for women who are current patients of the Women’s and who have a maternity, cancer or gynaecology problem as well as a mental health problem.

The mental health team includes psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, an infant health clinician and a psychiatric consultation-liaison nurse.

Specialities

We provide a range of individual and group-based treatments for our patients in four key areas:

  • Mental health in pregnancy
  • Mental health in motherhood
  • Mental health and cancer
  • Mental health and successful ageing

Mental health issues in pregnancy and after birth can affect a woman’s capacity to cope with the demands of motherhood and to bond effectively with her baby.

Anxiety and depression following a cancer diagnosis can challenge a woman’s capacity to cope with her physical health and her view of herself and in turn, impact on her relationships and her partner.

Menopause and other mid-life changes can also have a significant impact on a woman and seriously compromise her sense of health and wellbeing.

Clinical inclusion

Current patients of the Women’s who have a comorbid mental health problem

Clinical exclusion

We only see current patients of the Women’s who have a comorbid mental health problem

Frequency

Psychiatry and psychology outpatient clinics are held at the same time and location as antenatal, oncology, menopause, gynaecology, alcohol and drug service, and reproductive service clinics.

Triage

Triage of internal referrals ensures women who are 'at risk' or have immediate needs are seen more quickly.

Referral

Internal referral only


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