Inpatient Programs and Services

The Addictive Behaviours Programs provide high quality professional care to help people who are experiencing dependence and addiction concerns in their lives.

Addictive Behaviours Programs aims at assisting people with the process of recovery from substance dependence and addiction. People who are eligible are those concerned about problematic use or misuse of alcohol and other drugs or other types of behaviours leading to dependencies and addictions. These may include gambling, food, sex and other behaviours that impact on someone’s life.

Substance Withdrawal Program

This program provides a safe medically supervised withdrawal. Admissions will most commonly last between 7-10 days during which clients actively participate in group work.

Rehabilitation Program

This program aims to restore and maintain independence enabling improved quality of life, by providing life enhancing strategies for clients and their families. Admissions are 28 days divided into four weekly sections combining therapy and education groups.

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The aim of this 40 day program 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 program is 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.

This program aims to assist in the development of skills and increase participant’s awareness of the maintaining factors for Binge Eating and associated behaviours.

The main therapeutic framework in this program is informed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Binge Eating. Therapy frameworks include psychoeducation and skills acquisition from components such as Dietetics, Interpersonal Therapy and Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Mindfulness in combination with self-directed workbook activities.

Group participation is mandatory within this program.

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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is provided for inpatients of the hospital, and is also available for day patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. ECT is offered for major depression, mania and some forms of schizophrenia. It is particularly effective for people who are very depressed, where medications have not worked, or whose medical condition prevents them from taking medications safely.\

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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. The program is designed to help people develop skills to regulate their emotions, cope with relationship difficulties and during periods of distress. EMP is based upon core principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and includes presentations of skills from Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness frameworks.

This specialised inpatient treatment program is suitable for individuals who experience longstanding emotional challenges, as a consequence of traumatic experiences or early attachment issues.

Group participation is mandatory within this program.

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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 is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles for dealing with OCD. There is an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) which is considered a “goldstandard” method in treating OCD. This program runs for three week periods throughout the year and houses up to eight individuals at a time. The OCD program is designed to help individuals with OCD and related disorders gain the skills and knowledge to deal with their symptoms.

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The Older Persons Program is a specialist centre of excellence in the assessment and management of patients aged 65 and over who require treatment for a mental health problem. The program adopts a best practice approach in 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. With the input of our occupational therapist, including assessment and therapy for everyday functioning, and the psychosocial focus of social work in the form of community support and resources. It is this that helps position us at the forefront of best practice in the area of aged psychiatry.

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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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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment is provided to patients of the hospital who have been referred for treatment of depression. TMS is offered, often with other antidepressant treatment and therapies. This treatment can be provided either on inpatient or outpatient basis.

Each treatment session takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes and treatment is provided daily over the course of one to four weeks.

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Who is the program for?

The Young Adult Emotion Management Program offers a specialised two-week inpatient program for young people aged 17-24 years and includes parent/carer involvement. This program is designed to help young adults to develop skills to manage intense emotions and better cope with periods of distress. This distress may be impacting on their quality of life, relationships and self-worth and may result in chronic impulsive, suicidal or self-harming behaviours.

How will it help me?

The treatment approach draws from therapeutic principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). The program consists of multiple daily groups from Monday to Friday as well as two, 30 minute individual sessions per week and weekly information parent/carer evenings. Skills groups will focus on mindfulness, crisis intervention and distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills. The program also includes sessions such as mindful exercise, music therapy, art therapy, and occupational therapy.

When does it run?

This two-week inpatient Young Person’s Program runs at designated times throughout the year. Please call (03) 9420 9340 to find out the next admission date.

Please also see ‘More Information’ below for details on Outreach Services.

How do I access the program?

A referral from your GP or Psychiatrist is required. Either you, or your doctor can fax a referral to The Melbourne Clinic’s Intake service for triage. The fax number for intake is (03) 9420 9351

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