Sub-Acute Mental Health Unit
What the service is
The Sub-Acute Mental Health Unit supports people who are struggling with mental health issues. The unit has 20 beds and is available for residents in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area.
What we do
The unit supports people within the community who are becoming unwell to avoid a hospital admission. This is called a “step up” admission. The unit also supports people who have been in hospital and want to work on their recovery before returning back home. This is called a “step down” admission. The program runs for 28 days, and the aim is to improve health and wellness through a range of educational groups and individual sessions.
The model of care is embedded in recovery orientated practice. The unit provides consumer led care planning and provision of care. We assist consumers to look at ways of improving their psychological, physical and social wellbeing, and prepare for returning home. We provide group education to enhance consumer knowledge, and offer a safe place for consumers to work on their recovery, and share their experience with others. We provide a Family and Carer friendly service. Every consumer’s family and care networks are welcomed, and offered support and education about mental health issues. We provide group education to enhance consumer knowledge.
Who should access this service
Those living in the Illawarra Shoalhaven area, aged 18-65 years old (referrals outside this age bracket may be accepted on case by case basis), seeking help with a mental health condition, in need of short term support to avoid hospitalisation/needing support after a mental health hospital stay, and willingness and ability to attend group programs that are recovery-focused.
How to access this service
Referrals to the Sub-Acute Mental Health Unit-Community can be completed by:
- Psychologists and Counsellors
- Social Workers
- Community Mental Health Teams
- Inpatient Mental Health Services
- Or any other professional or service involved in your care.
For assistance regarding a referral to this service please call unit direct on (02) 4429 1666 or:
Mental Health Line is a 24-hour telephone access service.
If it is an emergency call: 000
Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital site
via 2 Shoalhaven Street
Nowra NSW 2541
PO Box 246
Nowra NSW 2541
|Monday||12:00pm to 8:00pm|
|Tuesday||12:00pm to 8:00pm|
|Wednesday||12:00pm to 8:00pm|
|Thursday||12:00pm to 8:00pm|
|Friday||12:00pm to 8:00pm|
|Weekends and public holidays||8:00am to 8:00pm|
How to get there
You can drive to the Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital (Scenic Drive, Nowra) or use public transport. The nearest train station is Bomaderry Railway Station. Shoal Bus service the area, and the route numbers are 721 and 722. The Sub-Acute Mental Health Unit is behind the Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital site, and access is off Shoalhaven Street.
Free public parking is available at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, adjacent to the hospital building. For advice on parking near the Sub-Acute Mental Health Unit phone the unit: (02) 4429 1666.