Authors: Monash Medical Centre
Event: 1995 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Specialist Service
Abstract: The Monash Medical Centre Adult Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Unit specialises in the emotional needs and mental disorders of people with physical illness. Despite their vulnerability to psychological problems, the special needs of this group were poorly recognised until relatively recently. This Unit has been in the vanguard of such developments in Australasia. By promoting multi-disciplinary, biopsychosocial, approach to management, we embody a "whole person" strategy based in reality rather than theory. Alongside a consultation service for particular clinical problems, our highly developed liaison services integrate psychiatrics clinicians into medical and surgical units where physical-psychiatric comorbidity is high. We make approximately 4,500 patient contacts each year. Our academic standing is high. Current innovative programmes include research into group support for women with breast cancer, patient satisfaction and quality improvement initiatives, international collaboration on standardised case register systems, and, development of consultation-liaison psychiatry outreach into general practice. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Adult Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Unit at Monash Medical Centre serves a suburban general teaching hospital of 600 beds. The hospital us a tertiary referral centre with a comprehensive range of specialty services.