Psychological Medicine (Mental Health)

The Psychological Medicine department at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) is a women’s mental health service that specialises in the assessment and treatment of women’s mental health concerns related to or impacting on their gynaecological and/or obstetric medical conditions.

KEMH patients can access the service in the six months following:

  • their hospital stay at KEMH
  • the birth of their baby at KEMH
  • their most recent hospital clinic appointment.

This is extended to 12 months following a baby’s birth, if the baby was hospitalised in the KEMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

For information about other WA women’s community resources please call Healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.

Services

Our team includes psychiatry, psychology and mental health nursing professionals who work with patients to provide consultation and treatment for mental health issues and help to develop strategies to cope better with the challenges being faced. This may include referral to and liaison with other health care providers such as those based in the community, in order to best co-ordinate care and achieve positive outcomes for patients. Some patients may prefer to be referred to assistance in the community closer to home.

Treatment may include individual or group therapy, medication, telephone follow-up and/or referral to community services. These options are discussed with the person, including significant others where appropriate, keeping the person’s wishes, goals and values in mind.

Our friendly administrative and triage staff are often an important and helpful first point of contact for KEMH hospital staff and patients who are concerned about their mental health issues.

The Psychological Medicine department is committed to:

  • Providing a planned, integrated and quality assessment, treatment and management for patients of KEMH whose medical condition is having an impact on their mental health, or whose pre-existing mental health issues may be impacting on their medical condition or pregnancy. Partners and families are encouraged to be involved as appropriate.
  • Liaising with medical staff, nursing staff and related professionals at KEMH to assist with care of patients who have mental health issues.
  • Providing quality state-wide consultation-liaison service in the area of women's and perinatal mental health within our resources.
  • Providing education and training to psychiatry registrars, post-graduate psychology students, medical students, nursing and health practitioners.
  • Participating in research in keeping with our responsibilities as part of a tertiary teaching hospital and aim to improve patient outcomes.

Areas of expertise 

The Psychological Medicine department has expertise in the following women’s health areas:

  • enhancing emotional health for women; prevention and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in the perinatal period
  • adolescent and young mothers' emotional health
  • perinatal grief and loss
  • gynaecological health, including chronic pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction
  • adjustment to gynaecological cancers
  • preconception assessment regarding management of psychotropic medications in pregnancy for women with complex mental health issues
  • partnering with KEMH antenatal services to provide co-ordinated mental health and obstetric care for women with serious mental health issues
  • provision of state-wide teleconference consultation to mental health providers and women with serious mental illness at preconception and during the perinatal period
  • consultation and liaison services to Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Services, Neonatal Intensive Care Units at KEMH and Maternal Foetal Medicine Team
  • best practice research in the field of women’s mental health
  • education in women’s mental health for health professionals.

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 please 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