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Mood Services

at Inala Community Health Centre

The Mood Academic Clinical Unit (ACU) provides specialist assessment and treatment for consumers between 18-65 years of age who experience wide range of severe disorders of mood, anxiety, behaviour and eating disorders.  Community and inpatient services are available according to consumer and family assessment of needs.

Contemporary evidenced-based interventions are delivered either by structured programs or through care coordination. The aim of the Mood ACU is to provide a service that is effective, timely and efficient to individuals suffering from a mental illness. The Mood ACU incorporates recovery principles into service delivery, culture and practice providing consumers with access and referral to a range of programs that will support sustainable recovery.

Conditions we treat

The following list identifies the range of conditions treated by the Mood ACU:

  • major depressive disorder 
  • bipolar affective disorder 
  • severe personality disorders 
  • severe anxiety disorders 
  • eating disorders 
  • other severe disorders of mood and behaviour. 

Accessing our service

Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services can be contacted via:

  • Phone: 1300 MH CALL (1300 64 22 55)
  • Fax: 3078 2120

All initial assessments conducted by the triage team will assess the risk and immediate mental health needs of the individual.

Referrals

Referrals from external parties to Mood ACU are processed through the Resource and Access Services ACU that provides the triage and initial assessment services. Appropriate referrals will be made to the Mood ACU for the ongoing treatment of individuals presenting with a mood disorder. Information provided at the time of referral, in consultation with the Mood ACU will determine the service response time. This may include contact within 24 hours or notification of a scheduled appointment. Mood ACU also receives referrals from the Inpatient Units for ongoing treatment in the community, and from other ACUs for therapies.

Bulk billing clinics

Under the National Health Care Agreement, Queensland public hospitals and clinics can bulk bill Medicare for some services. This applies where we have a ‘named referral’ from your GP to an approved Consultant Psychiatrist. It is the consumer's choice to be seen as a bulk billed patient or a public patient. If consumers are seen as a bulk billed patient, they may have access to one of our Consultant Psychiatrists (if available) with right of private practice, rather than being treated by a publicly appointed doctor. Our clinics will continue to offer services free-of-charge and there will be no additional ‘out of pocket’ expenses for your consultations.

Services we provide

Inpatient services

The Mood ACU provides short to medium term, specialised inpatient care to consumers. There is a strong focus on carer and family involvement, partnerships with the relevant stakeholders and sharing responsibility for recovery.

Inpatient services are provided in the following hospitals:

  • Princess Alexandra Hospital 
  • Logan Hospital 
  • Redland Hospital. 

Community services

Consumers have the right to comprehensive and integrated mental health care that meets their individual needs and achieves the best possible outcome in terms of their recovery. During the initial phase of assessing an individual's mental health, a range of questions and assessment tools may be utilised by the clinical team within the Mood ACU. All patients accepted for ongoing care will then be allocated a care coordinator and have planned medical appointments established with the treating team.  

The Mood ACU works in close liaison with other ACUs and inpatient services to maintain continuity of care to deliver an integrated and least restrictive service to its consumers. An assessment of the consumer's and family's needs is completed on entry to the service and may inform the duration of the treatment provided, and the consumer's involvement within the community teams. The service aims to initiate specialised therapies working within an assertive care coordination paradigm. The Mood ACU aims to provide services to the consumer within their own home and community with a strong focus on recovery and carer involvement.

Therapies

Treatment and interventions provided by the Mood ACU are determined by the outcome of the consumer assessment, focused on the consumer’s specific needs and are developed in collaboration with the consumer and, where appropriate, carers and families. The length of time that a consumer may receive care will be determined by the type and severity of illness, care needs identified and the consumers responses to the interventions provided.

Interventions for the treatment of mental health presentations in adults can include:

  • pharmacological (drug therapies) 
  • psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) 
  • illness education for consumers and their families and carers 
  • relapse prevention 
  • psychosocial interventions, including carer and family engagement 
  • electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as an adjunct therapy. 

The Mood ACU will reference established international clinical guidelines to ensure that care is based on contemporary scientific evidence.

Last updated 13 December 2017
Last reviewed 22 March 2015