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Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Services (CLPS) Academic Clinical Unit (ACU) are specialised mental health teams that provide comprehensive mental health specialist assessments, feedback and brief interventions to adult inpatients of general hospitals. The CLPS team assists the medical treating staff by providing diagnostic, management and referral advice for their patients who are suffering from a mental health illness or disorder or psychological distress.
The entry process to the CLPS ACU is accessible to the individual, meets the needs of its community and facilitates timeliness of entry and ongoing assessment for patients under general hospital. Any patient admitted to a medical or surgical ward of the Metro South Hospital and Health Service can be referred to the CLPS ACU.
Referral can be made by a medical staff member from the treating medical team. The referral is made in conjunction with the patient, family and the responsible treating physician.
Referral is for assessment of significant mental health problems, particularly where there is:
The Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Services ACU provides the following functions across Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services:
Interventions for the treatment of mental health presentations in general hospital patients fall into five main categories: