Psychology - Inpatient Services - Port Kembla


What the service is

Inpatient Psychology services by Clinical Neuropsychologists and/or Clinical Psychologists.

What we do 

The Clinical Neuropsychologist / Clinical Psychologist can see inpatients to offer the following support:

  • Help with adjustment to and coping with current illness or disability.
  • Motivation to do well in rehabilitation or management of their illness.
  • Reduce the impact of depression, anxiety, sleep, pain, grief and loss, and relationship issues on their ability to manage their health condition.
  • Aid in diagnosis when the reason for cognitive decline is unclear (e.g. presence of a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease versus mood or delirium or other neurological condition).
  • Understand how their medical condition has changed their memory, thinking, and behaviour.
  • Learn what these changes might mean for going home, returning to work, and returning to driving.
  • Support people with cognitive difficulties to make informed decisions (e.g. accommodation or medical) or help with the determination of decision-making capacity.
  • Compensation, remediation strategies, and behaviour modification suggestions so patients can better perform at their rehabilitation.

What to expect 

A Psychologist will meet you at bedside and arrange a confidential space to talk with you. You will be asked about your current situation and concerns, your medical history, and other important things. The psychologist will discuss with you your therapy options and work with you to set goals and make a treatment plan. Therapy may occur over multiple sessions.

How to access this service

Speak with ward staff.

Contact Information

Port Kembla Hospital,
Level 3, Block A, Cowper Street
Warrawong NSW 2502
02 4223 8232

8.00am – 4:30pm

How to get there, including by public transport

Port Kembla Hospital is located on Cowper Street. Pedestrians can access the hospital from the main entrance on Cowper Street. There is a bus stop located close to the hospital with the following services available - Premier Illawarra 52, 53 and 54.

Car parking

There is limited parking available for patients, families and carers at the back of the hospital, via Fairfax Road.

Advice for disabled in getting to the service

There are disabled parking spots in the car park. The drop off zone at the front door of the hospital can be accessed via the entrance on Cowper Street.

Our Staff

Head of Discipline - Psychology and Principal Psychologist

Pip Bowden is Principal Psychologist and Head of Discipline for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD). She brings over 30 years’ experience in Psychology including clinical and leadership roles in  Health and Mental Health settings across the hospital and community.

Pip is responsible for providing professional leadership of Psychology services across the LHD including Hospital and community based services.

The ISLHD Psychology Department provides a broad range of clinical services and is committed to providing a comprehensive and evidence-based service.