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Inpatient programs

The programs aim to comprehensively address and understand the person in the context of their environment in relation to physical, emotional, relational and spiritual dimensions of addiction.

Substitution Pharmacotherapy can be discussed with your treating doctor as part of your treatment.

All programs focus on behavioural and psychological underlying factors to a person’s addiction allowing the person to take responsibility for their own recovery in a respectful setting.

As most patients have underlying psychological and psychiatric issues The Melbourne Clinic is in a unique position to provide programs consultancy and continuing care following people from inpatient through to outpatient programs, providing high quality and professional care in the process of their recovery.

People can attend the Day Programs on Monday evenings or Wednesday during business hours without having had an inpatient stay at the clinic.

This program has been specifically designed to help assist people with eating disorders.

The aim is to provide a safe and trusting environment that fosters the restoration of health and weight and explores the underlying issues that accompany the illness.

The eating disorder program is comprised of inpatient, day program and outreach services.

The eating disorders inpatient program is a specialised 40 day program that has been developed and designed to provide a comprehensive treatment program.

Improved nutritional status and emotional well-being is achieved through a nutritious dietary intake, promotion of rest and participation in the daily group program.
Groups include: (Groups are compulsory)

  • CBT-E
  • DBT Skills
  • OT Skills
  • Perfectionism
  • Art and Music Therapy
  • Body Image.

The program provides the opportunity for patients to learn a range of skills to enable self-management of a healthy weight range by building up inner strength and resources, and through the development of interpersonal and daily living skills and self-confidence.

The Melbourne Clinic also offers a Day Program.

Our Outreach program can also be accessed for Eating Disorders.

The Inpatient program is a specialised program that treats people with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Eating Disorder Not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria of the Program

  • Minimum age of 16 years
  • Male or female
  • Medically approved for treatment
  • Acceptance of program requirements; patient agreement (motivated for change).

Aims and objectives of the program

  • To restore physical health through maintaining adequate dietary intake, and restricting excessive exercise
  • To provide patients with adequate behavioural models for normal eating
  • To provide programs where patient welfare and safety is a priority
  • To identify and explore psychosocial factors influencing the illness – focuses on maintaining factors.
  • To allow shorter in-patient stays by providing an integrated transitional program to outpatient treatment or day programs.
  • To provide a range of skills to enable patients to manage a healthy weight range

Program structure

The Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit comprises of 21 beds and has a multidisciplinary team including occupational therapist, psychologist, social workers, dietitian, nurses, psychiatrists, general practitioners. Paediatric involvement is available as required.

Treatment is tailored to meet the patients’ individual needs, which is age appropriate.

Referral process

General Practitioners are required to download and complete a referral form for admission to the Eating Disorder Program.

Referrals can then be faxed to the Intake area on Fax no: 9420 9351.


The EMDR Program at The Melbourne Clinic is a specialised trauma program and the first inpatient EMDR program to be offered in Victoria.

This program is open to patients who are suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties.

It is suitable for such patients who would benefit from the structure and support of an inpatient admission in order to safely and effectively engage in trauma processing through EMDR Therapy.

EMDR is one of the most well researched trauma treatment models and has been shown to be effective in over 25 randomised control studies.

It is endorsed by the World Health Organisation for the treatment of PTSD.


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The Emotional Management Program (EMP)is a four week adult inpatient program. Theprogram is designed to help people developskills to regulate their emotions, cope withrelationship difficulties, and during periodsof distress.

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The Living Well program provides therapeutic programs to inpatients who are not involved in any of the specialist programs.

It offers patients the opportunity to learn and practise new skills, discuss issues relevant to recovery, receive information, learn from others, enjoy creative activities, get some exercise and have some fun.

The Living Well program includes a comprehensive therapeutic group treatment program aimed at supporting recovery and health through the delivery of sessions that address:

  • Psycho-education and recovery skills
  • Social and communication skills
  • Personal development and life skills
  • Healthy lifestyle education and activities
  • Creative and recreation therapy
  • Community information and living skills.

This unit is an eight-bed unit within The Melbourne Clinic which offers a higher level of intensive mental health treatment.

To enquire further about any of our Inpatient Programs please contact our Intake Coordinator on 03 9420 9340.

The OCD Program at The Melbourne Clinic is a highly specialised national treatment program for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders.

The OCD program applies state of the art evidence-based treatment protocols focussing specifically on detailed education sessions about OCD, behavioural treatments of OCD (Exposure and Response Prevention) and some of the latest cognitive therapy interventions for the appraisals associated with intrusive and obsessional ideas.

The OCD program commenced is designed as a two week intensive course in cognitive behaviour thereapies approaches for OCD.

The unit specialises in the assessment and management of patients aged 65 and over who require treatment for a mental health problem.

We are committed to providing a multidisciplinary approach to patient care in a sensitive, caring and safe environment.

The unit adopts a best practice approach to mental healthcare and offers individual and group programs delivered by highly trained clinicians who are experts in the delivery of care to this age group.

Staff in the unit provide psychiatric services to people aged over 65 years who have mental illness in later life.

The program is second to none in Australia and is staffed by psychiatrists who are well-respected leaders in their field.

The Professorial Mood Disorders Unit is a 25 bed inpatient unit within the Melbourne Clinic.

It provides specialised treatment for depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and other associated disorders with complex diagnostic and management problems.

The unit accepts referrals from general practitioners, psychiatrists and other medical practitioners.

Patients receive a comprehensive evaluation from the multidisciplinary team, a timely comprehensive management program is developed and initiated, and patients are customarily referred back to their referrer for ongoing treatment.

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Many young adults are experiencing mental health care for the first time and they often present with complex psychosocial needs.

Young Persons Program is staffed by experienced allied health clinicians from the Living Well team who are dedicated to addressing the specific needs of young adults.

Patients will have their own ‘key-worker’ providing individualised support such as assistance with identifying needs and goals, help with navigating the hospital system, guidance with structuring time and activities, assistance with recovery planning and relapse prevention.

They will receive assistance with selecting and attending the most therapeutically beneficial group sessions from the Living Well Program.

The patient will be encouraged to participate in a daily group with their young adult peers.

The Young Persons Program address topics relevant to the developmental stage of young adults and also provide a safe, facilitated environment for social interaction.

A weekly review by the team, together with outpatient clinicians, to discuss progress and to plan a pathway of care beyond inpatient care.

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