Psychological Medicine (Mental Health)

The Department of Psychological Medicine is a women’s mental health service for patients of KEMH.

  • KEMH obstetric patients are welcome to access Psychological Medicine in their antenatal period for up to 12 months after the birth of their baby.
  • KEMH gynaecology/oncology patients are welcome to access Psychological Medicine for up to 12 months from their most recent hospital clinic appointment or inpatient stay.

In addition, there are a range of helpful community mental health services and resources available for perinatal women and their families. Information about local community services can be obtained via Health Direct Australia on 1800 022 222 or Pregnancy Birth and Baby Helpline 1800 822436 or for Oncology, Cancel Council Helpline 13 11 20, www.cancerwa.asn.au.

 

Our service

The Department of Psychological Medicine includes mental health services provided by our lovely team of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and mental health nursing. Our team is there to provide specialist mental health assessment, treatment and support to promote a woman’s coping and wellbeing as she manages her mental health alongside her adjustment to concerns that can arise from, impact or are impacted by a woman’s pregnancy/postnatal period and/or gynaecological health. Our team provide inpatient and outpatient consultations facilitated by face-to-face, video-link and/or telehealth appointments. Our team are integral to liaison within hospital multi-disciplinary teams and provide community liaison also.

The sorts of things we can help with / support:

  • Providing a planned, integrated and specialist assessment, treatment and management for patients of KEMH whose medical condition is having an impact on their mental health, or where pre-existing mental health issues may be impacting on a medical condition or pregnancy. Partners and families are encouraged to be appropriately involved.
  • Our team often offer mental health support for women to enhance coping and emotional wellbeing where there is a known risk of mood, anxiety or other mental illness concerns or complications arising from their gynaecological health or pregnancy.
  • Pre-conception assessment regarding management of complex mental health issues in pregnancy is another service offered by our Department.
  • In addition to our inpatient and outpatient referral system for gynaecology, oncology and general obstetrics, you will also find one of our team at the following multi-disciplinary hospital services:
  • Our team are also involved in a range of in-hospital and community training, teaching and research.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I bring my newborn baby to the appointment?
    Yes, you can bring your baby

  2. Do you have crèche facilities available?
    Yes, the main hospital offers a crèche service from 8:05-12:15/1:05-3:45pm, free of charge from 2 months to 6 years of age

  3. Does the appointment incur any charges?
    If you have Australian Citizenship the appointment is free of charge

  4. Can I bring my partner or support person into the appointment?
    Partner involvement is possible and to be discussed with our triage team when discussing your appointment

 

More information

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 1521
Fax: (08) 6458 1111

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Location

King Edward Memorial Hospital
Level 1, Agnes Walsh House (next door to main hospital)
369 Bagot Road
Subiaco WA 6009


Psychological Medicine is not a crisis service. If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide contact:

Mental Health Emergency Services
Tel: 1300 555 788

Samaritan Crisis Line
Tel: (08) 9381 5555

Lifeline
Tel: 13 11 14

Crisis Care
Tel: (08) 9223 1111

Youthline
Tel: (08) 9388 2500

Beyond Blue
Tel: 1300 224 636