Clinical and Health Psychologists practicing in the health sector are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment of major mental health disorders and other psychological problems that are common in the context of medical conditions and injury.
They are skilled in the use of specialist clinical interview and a range of formal psychological tests that can assist with assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning. Psychological treatment can take a variety of forms (e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness) with the underlying philosophy being an orientation to change.
The Clinical and Health Psychology Service provides a prioritised service to the following areas:
ALL acute and subacute wards at all campuses of Western Health
Inpatient Rehabilitation Ward
Radiation Therapy Centre
SPECIALIST CLINICS (OUTPATIENTS)
Community Based Rehabilitation1 (Sunshine and Williamstown Hospitals)
1 Please note that referrals to these areas requires that the patient is eligible for the parent service. Psychology-only referrals are not accepted.