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Mental Health Drug & Alcohol

Mental Health Drug & Alcohol

If your career is in mental health then Western NSW is the place to be. With largest rural mental health campus in the southern hemisphere and a wide range of unique models of care – you are guaranteed to learn the skills, gain the experience and be part of embedding new ways of delivering care which will take your career to where ever you want it to be!

The service is a hub, spoke and node model providing a full range of inpatient and community services. Our teams work together and with partners to deliver:

  • Inpatient Mental Health Care
  • Community Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services
  • Virtual Services
  • Specialised Programs and Initiatives

Inpatient Services

There are 72 acute inpatient beds in the District, 8 state-wide mental health intensive care beds, 10 child and adolescent beds with a supra district function, 42 adult, and 12 older person’s beds.

Non-acute psychiatric rehabilitation beds total 64, with a 20 bed medium secure unit, two 16 bed secure rehabilitation units; one male and one female and a 12 bed adult extended-care unit.

There is 20 bed medium secure forensic unit operated in partnership with the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network.

A state-wide eight bed involuntary drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit also operates on the Bloomfield campus and is one of two such units in NSW.

Orange – Bloomfield Campus

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) 10 bed unit

Adult Acute Unit – This 16 bed unit. Average length of stay is 12 days.

Mental Health Intensive Care Unit – 8 bed involuntary short term inpatient treatment. Average stay is 2 to 10 days.

Involuntary Drug & Alcohol Treatment Unit (IDAT) – 8 beds / 28 day admission.

Older Persons Acute Unit – 12 bed unit

Amaroo – 16 bed sub-acute unit

Extended Care Unit – 12 bed long stay unit. Average stay is 2 – 7 years.

Macquarie – 20 bed male forensic unit. The average length of stay is 2 – 5 years.

Manara Clinic – 16 bed state-wide male medium secure rehabilitation unit. Average length of stay is 4 months.

Turon House – 16 bed female medium secure rehabilitation unit.

Castlereagh – 20 bed, medium secure, long term rehabilitation unit.


Gundaymarra (place of shelter) – 10 bed Adult Acute unit

Barraminya (recovery) – 10 bed sub-acute step up unit


Panorama Clinic – A 10 bed sub-acute step up unit

Virtual Services

Mental Health Emergency Care (MHEC) is a specialist twenty four hour, seven day per week, Virtual Mental Health Service covering 55% of NSW across rural and remote communities.
MHEC has acute, emergency, phone and video contacts available to all, including patients, families, carers, Emergency Departments (ED), General Practitioners (GPs), Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT), Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

MHEC also provides Mental Health education, Clinical Supervision within CMHT’s and Psychiatric trainees and both general and sub specialist consultant community video clinics to several CMHT’s in Western NSW as well as the AMS.

This service also incorporates the statewide Mental Health Telephone Access Line – 1800 011 511.

Community Services

Teams link with hospital services (general inpatient and emergency departments) to provide consultation and improve continuity of care across settings.

Services provided include outreach psychiatric assessment and review, case management and continuing care, acute response to crisis, and consultation to emergency departments and GPs

Dedicated MHDA consultation and liaison services are provided within the Orange Health Service, Bathurst and Dubbo Hospitals.

Specialised programs and Initiatives

  • Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Staff
  • Eating disorders
  • SAFE START: improving mental health for parents and infants
  • Getting on Track in Time – Got It! – school based early intervention program
  • School-Link
  • Cognitive Remediation Therapy For People With Schizophrenia – Computerised Interactive Remediation of Cognitive – Train for Schizophrenia (CIRCuiTs)
  • Youth Day Program (Pine Lodge)
  • Drought support workers
  • Pathways to Community Living Initiative
  • Community Forensic Services
  • Intellectual disability clinics for adult and adolescent
  • Rural Adversity Mental Health Program
  • Aboriginal MHDA
  • Family & Carer programs
  • Peer Workers
  • Mental Health Pathways in Practice


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