Caloundra Private Clinic
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Outpatient Services

Outpatient Clinic

Our aim is to keep you healthy and functioning in the community in partnership with your GP. The outpatient clinic provides the best flexibility to assist with your recovery in the community.

Our psychiatrists also have outpatient clinics on hospital grounds. These can be accessed separately from the hospital. Please see here if you are a new patient seeking an outpatient appointment with one of our psychiatrists.

Day Programs

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The CBT program has been designed to provide ongoing support in developing and maintaining strategies to manage symptoms of Depression and Anxiety. It is based on a well-researched psychoeducational treatment approach and is run weekly by fully trained psychologists or social workers.

This group is designed for people who have difficulties managing

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Unhelpful emotions
  • PTSD symptoms

This group not only teaches effective strategies to use, but also provides a forum to share with others in a similar situation. It provides an opportunity to see that you are not alone in the way that problems affect you and you are able to develop a sense of connectedness with other group members.

To attend this group you will need a referral from either your GP or from your psychiatrist. Please call the Patient Services Manager for more information on costs.

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Alcohol and Drug Relapse Prevention Program

The Alcohol and Drug Relapse Prevention Program has been developed to provide ongoing support and group therapy to adults with substance use problems. It is based on a number of therapeutic strategies with an emphasis on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

It is run weekly by fully trained psychologists and social workers and provides a forum for people having difficulties in managing their substance abuse, to find support in a genuine caring environment. The processes involved in the development of substance use problems are explained along with the proven treatment methods to reduce the potential for relapse.

To attend this group you will need a referral from either your GP or from you psychiatrist. Please call the Patient Services Manager for more information on costs.

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Young Adult, Social Anxiety Group

Today’s social environment can create a lot of Social Anxiety for young adults. Our Social Anxiety Group for Young Adults focuses on helping people with Anxiety or Depression who are struggling with isolation and loneliness.

The group has a strong Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, explaining the processes involved with dealing with Social Anxiety, and providing the opportunity for you to practice newly acquired skills in a safe and supportive environment.

The program covers communication skills, managing social networks, and boundaries and assertiveness. It is run by fully trained psychologists and social workers once a week, and provides the opportunity for you to share similar experiences with other groups members, fostering a sense of connectedness and wellbeing.

To attend this group you will need a referral from either your GP or from your psychiatrist. Please call the Patient Services Manager for more information on costs.

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rTMS

Like inpatient rTMS, we can offer this service as an outpatient. Currently AHM and Medibank Private are the only two health insurance companies funding outpatient rTMS. Some patients also opt to pay for these costs themselves. For more information on the costs, please call the Patient Services Manager.

If you are a new patient, you will need to be referred and have an initial consult with one of our psychiatrists to assess if rTMS is suitable for you.

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ECT

We also provide ECT as an outpatient service (see inpatient ECT for more info). You will need to be under the care of one of our psychiatrists. If you are a new patient, you will need to be referred and have an initial consult with one of our psychiatrists. Because ECT requires you to have a full anaesthesia, you will require a medical review prior to commencing this treatment. This it to make sure there are no medical risks associated with the anaesthesia. This medical workup may require you to have a brief admission for your first treatment prior to continuing as an outpatient.

After your treatment, you are admitted to the mental health ward to recover for a minimum of four hours. This is a precaution due to having an anesthesia. After your recovery period, you are discharged home with a carer.

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