Psychology - Clinical Psychology Service - Rehabilitation Unit - Shoalhaven Hospital


Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation services providing psychological assessments and therapy for people who have experienced a recent health condition, illness, or disability.

What we do 

We can help you to:

  • Adjust to your health condition and life changes.
  • Deal with chronic pain.
  • Deal with grief and loss.
  • Manage anxiety and depression
  • Manage  sleep disturbance
  • Deal with relationship issues
  • Provide Neuropsychological assessment

When to access this service

When you have experienced a health condition, illness, disability, you have had a recent hospital stay and you are struggling to cope or are experiencing distress.

What to expect 

You will be asked about your current situation and concerns, your medical history, and other important things. Your consent and confidentiality will be respected. The Clinical Psychologist will discuss with you therapy options and work with you to set goals and make a treatment plan. Therapy may occur over multiple sessions. For Out patients, please allow 60-90 minutes for the first consultation and 60 minutes thereafter.

Who should access this service?

Referrals are accepted for adults (18 years and over) requiring assessment and therapy of their adjustment to complex medical conditions. Family members and carers are also seen where appropriate.

How to access this service (referrals required)

Referrals for rehabilitation and psychology assessment and intervention are accepted from General Practitioners, Medical Specialists, Psychologists and other Allied Health clinicians. Referrals are accepted in writing either by mail, email, fax and phone.

What to bring

  • Your glasses (if needed)
  • Your hearing aids (if needed)

Contact Information

Shoalhaven Hospital Rehabilitation Outpatients
Scenic Dr
Nowra NSW 2541
02 4423 9701

8.30am – 4:30pm Monday-Friday

Car parking

There is limited parking available for patients, families and carers at the back of the hospital, via Shoalhaven Street. A bus stop is outside the Rehabilitation area in Shoalhaven Street.

Advice for disabled in getting to the service

There are disabled parking spots in the Rehabilitation Outpatients car park. The drop off zone at the front door of the Rehabilitation Outpatients reception can be accessed via the entrance on Shoalhaven Street, Nowra.

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

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.