Mental Health

The Southwest Clinic

The Southwest Clinic is an 18 bed psychiatric unit within Sydney Southwest Private Hospital, staffed by psychiatrists, and nursing staff using a multi-disciplinary team approach.

Our clinic has several single and shared rooms each with their own phone, television and most rooms with their own ensuites.

We have a panel of psychiatrists accredited to the unit.

Each residential patient will have one of these consultants appointed to manage their care.

Our specialised staff are dedicated to:

  • Addressing related issues such as personal conflict, spiritual needs, marital, family or work related problems
  • Providing a caring and supportive environment for treatment
  • Providing patients with skills to cope with difficulties, as they arise
  • Respecting the need for the privacy of each person
  • Treating each person with dignity and respect
  • Understanding each person's individual needs throughout all stages of therapy.

Our treatment program addresses a range of psychiatric disorders, focusing on the individual aspects of the psychiatric disorder. We also help individuals improve their coping responses to these disorders.

Our programs will address ways to better manage everyday situations such as relationships, stress, anger and disappointment as well as identify issues related to unemployment and family.

Group therapy programs are offered on either an inpatient or day patient basis, depending on the needs of the patient. Individual therapy sessions are available as seen to be appropriate.

We also offer a fortnightly support group for relatives and friends of the patient. The aim of this program is to help them to gain an understanding of mental health issues that has resulted in their relatives staying in the Southwest Clinic.

If you would like more information on admission to the Southwest Clinic, please contact our dedicated staff on 02 9600 4278.


Referrals are received from psychiatrists, general practitioners, health professionals, carers and self-referrals.

Referrals to the Unit can be directed to Nursing Unit Manager or the nurse in charge for after hours admissions on (02) 9600 4278.

An intake form can be filled out with the required information and directed to health insurance companies for approval.

  • Addressing relationship issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Anxiety management and relaxation
  • Assessment of righ risk situations
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict resolution and anger management
  • Decisional balance
  • Development of coping skills
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Education around addictive behaviors
  • Healthy lifestyles education
  • Improving coping skills
  • Improving interpersonal relationship skills
  • Improving problem solving skills
  • Management of cravings and urges
  • Managing symptoms of anxiety
  • Managing symptoms of depression
  • Motivational enhancement
  • Pharmacotherapy education and management
  • Psycho-education about anxiety and mood disorders
  • Relapse prevention
  • Relapse prevention strategies

How do I get into a program?

You will need a referral from either your general practitioner or psychiatrist.

The staff will then arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your issues and see if we can help.

If we think it will be beneficial for you to do the program we will arrange an admission date that is suitable for you.

When can I come and do the program?

As long as there is a bed available you may join the program at any time.

How much will it cost?

Most comprehensive health insurance policies will cover the cost of the program. Please contact us for further details.

Will I have to share a bedroom?

We have some single and some shared rooms.

If this is likely to be a problem, please speak to the staff and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

How many people are in the facility?

There are a maximum of 18 participants in our inpatient programs.

Can my family and friends come to visit me?

Yes, visiting hours are:

Weekedays: 12.00pm to 1.00pm and 3.30pm to 8.00pm.

Weekends: 2.00pm to 8.00pm.

What do I have to bring in with me?

Casual clothing and pocket money for incidental costs

Personal care items

You may want to bring some books or games that you enjoy for use in the evening when programs have finished

Any medications and scripts that you have at home should be bought in and handed to the nursing staff as soon as you arrive

Will there be somewhere I can lock up my valuables?

There is an electronic safe in your bedroom for your use during the program.

The hospital does not take responsibility for items that are lost or stolen.

Do I need to attend groups?

Groups are an integral part of the program, so we request that all patients attend all groups unless they are unwell.

Attendance at groups and participation demonstrates commitment and motivation for change.

Can I smoke?

There are designated smoking areas in the outside areas of the hospital.

Can I have leave from the program?

Requests for leave can be made to your doctor and these requests are determined on an individual basis.

For the first 48 hours after admission we generally do not grant leave.

Is there a laundry service?

There is a washing machine and dryer provided for patients but you will need to provide your own washing detergent.

What happens beyond discharge?

The following services will be offered to your on discahrge:

  • Anxiety and depression day program
  • Anti-craving medication
  • Consultations with an addiction medicine physician
  • Drug and alcohol day program
  • Psychologist referral for individual therapy session
  • Referral to a consultant psychiatrist
  • Self-help groups (NA /AA).

As Southwest Clinic is a private medical facility you will require Private Health Insurance, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Workers Compensation or can be self-funded for your admission.

It is necessary for Southwest Clinic to confirm your level of cover and any excesses, exclusions and waiting periods before admission.

However this will be done as quickly as possible, typically over the phone to expedite the admission process.

A medical letter of referral is also required, this can be sought from your family practitioner.

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Anxiety management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative art therapy
  • Detox and withdrawal management
  • Dialectical behavior therapy strategies
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Grief and loss
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Healthy relationships
  • Managing mood disorders
  • Mindfulness
  • Participation in anxiety and depression group therapy program
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Substance rehabilitation program

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