Psychological Medicine (Mental health) services

The Department of Psychological Medicine is a mental health service for:

  • women accessing obstetric services during their pregnancy and up to 12 months after the birth of baby, including if your baby is in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • women accessing gynaecology / oncology services based on individual needs.
  • women with complex mental health issues who are planning a pregnancy.

The Department of Psychological Medicine includes mental health services provided by psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and mental health nurses. Our team provides specialist support to women as they manage their mental health.

Our team provide inpatient and outpatient consultations facilitated by face-to-face, video-link and / or telehealth appointments. The sorts of things we can help with are:

  • when a person's medical condition or pregnancy is impacting on their mental health.
  • 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I self-refer to the Department?
    Yes, or you can be referred throughout any stage of your involvement with KEMH, via GP, Child Health Nurses, other community services or the Mother Baby Unit

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

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

  4. Does the appointment incur any charges?
    If you have a valid Medicare card, the appointment is free of charge.

  5. 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.
Last Updated: 07/05/2024