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The Older Adult Academic Clinical Unit (ACU) provides specialist assessment and treatment for consumers over 65 years of age who experience severe and complex mental health problems, especially those with complications of ageing. Community, inpatient and extended treatment services are available according to assessed needs. Contemporary evidence-based interventions are delivered either by structured program or care coordination. The Older Adult ACU has a strong focus on providing access to a range of evidence-based treatments, facilities, psychological treatments and support programs tailored to individual needs.
Typically common conditions treated by the Older Adult ACU include:
Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services can be contacted via:
Following referral, our triage team negotiate service response time. Depending on urgency, this may include contact within 24 hours or notification of a scheduled appointment. At this stage the triage team may assist the individual access a service that is more suitable for their current needs (e.g. a non-government organisations or health professional).
To ensure your service needs are met in a timely manner we would request the following information at time of referral:
A specialised inpatient unit for older adults, Grevillea Place, is located at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Consumers are also admitted to the adult inpatient units at the Princess Alexandra, Logan and Redland Hospitals.
Outpatient mental health services are provided at the following locations:
Home-based services are also available throughout the Metro South Hospital and Health Service.
Therapeutic interventions are provided on the basis of individual need and evidence-based guidelines depending on diagnosis.
Interventions fall into six main categories: