The OPMHS provides community-based mental health assessment and treatment to persons over the age of 65 years (50 years of age for indigenous people) who experience mental illness.

Services are regionally based and depending on your residential address determines which service is available to you. Appointments are available to you where you are residing or in the OPMHS office.

Clinicians experienced in mental health for older persons offer assessment and support to you living in your own environment, which may be at home, in a residential facility or hospital. Although each person is unique and each approach is individual, all treatment takes place in a shared care arrangement with your treating General Practitioner and family/carer.

This service also provides support and education on an individual needs basis to residential facility staff, for example, hostels or nursing homes, who may have residents who display difficult or challenging behaviours.

If required, the Older Persons Mental Health Service facilitates admissions to Kerferd Inpatient Unit (Wangaratta) or Nolan House (Albury) and provides on going contact and support throughout the admission period. Kerferd Inpatient Unit and Nolan House both have beds specifically allocated to older adults.

 

Further information contact:

For NSW residents:
Program Manager
Older Persons Mental Health Service
Brain & Mind Centre
Via Wandoo Cres, Albury, NSW, 2640
Phone: (02) 6058 1750.
After hours crisis: phone ACCESSLINE 1800 800 944

For Victorian residents:
Program Manager
Older Persons Mental Health Service
82A Murdoch Road, Wangaratta, Vic, 3677.
Phone (03) 5722 1784
After hours crisis: phone 1300 783 347