Psychology - Inpatient Services - Shellharbour


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

Shellharbour Hospital
15-17 Madigan Blvd,
Mount Warrigal NSW 2528
02 4223 8232

8.00am – 4:30pm

How to get there, including by public transport

The hospital is 3km from Oak Flats Rail Station.

Bus number 37 or 51 from or to Oak Flats station will stop near the hospital.

For more information on transport options visit Shellharbour Hospital or NSW Public Hospital Parking and Directions website, or download the HosPark App from App Store or Google Play.

Car parking

Parking available on hospital grounds

Advice for disabled in getting to the service

Parking available on hospital grounds

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.