The Older Person’s Mental Health Service (OPMHS) is a community based service for people over the age of 65, living in North East Victoria, who may be experiencing issues with their mental health.

 When you or someone you know experience one or more of the following:

  • Psychological distress
  • An emotional crisis
  • Feel mental health difficulties are interfering with daily life
  • Feel there is no future, or life is not worth living
  • Experiencing organic changes (eg: Dementia) with disturbances in normal behaviour

You can call our service and speak with a triage worker (during business hours). Alternatively you can give permission for your GP, family, friends or another service to contact on your behalf. Most referrals come from the General Practitioners (GPs) and service provision and treatment is undertaken in collaboration with your GP.

If there is an urgent crisis that needs immediate attention a 24 hour triage service is available to ring. The number is 1300 881 104 (Wodonga area) OR 1300 783 347 (Wangaratta area).

OPMHS also manager referrals for Blackwood Cottage, a 15 bed Older Person’s Mental Health residential service for people over 65 years of age who experience challenging behaviours due to a mental health condition or dementia. For more informaiton click here

The Team:

The OPMHS team is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds including a nursing, allied health and a consultant psychiatrist. OPMHS offers consultation and education to families and carers, and to other service providers including GPs, aged residential care facility staff and agencies supporting older persons in the community.

Inpatient admission for older persons is available at the Inpatient Mental Health Service in Wangaratta. Admission is facilitated through the Older Persons Mental Health Service.

 

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Contact

82a Murdoch Road Wangaratta

P: 03 57221784

 

24hr crisis line

Wodonga area: 1300 881 104

Wangaratta area: 1300 783 347

 

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