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Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol

Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol

Join us in Mental Health, Drug & ​​Alcohol​​

The Western NSW Local Health District’s Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol (MHDA) has undergone significant growth in funding over the last 8-10 years. It has developed, and is continuing to develop, a suite of specialty/sub-specialty service models across the spectrum of care from promotion, prevention and early intervention programs, to community assertive treatment and community residential rehabilitation, through to tertiary inpatient care. With a workforce comprising over 700 staff, it offers a comprehensive range of services for people of all ages with a mental illness and/or drug and alcohol related problems, and their families – from children and young people, to adults and older people.

Community Services

Community Mental Health Services are offered to all localities within the Western NSW Local Health District catchment area from the main community MHDA sites located at Bathurst, Bourke, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Lightning Ridge, Mudgee, Orange and Parkes. Services range from community recovery and rehabilitation programs to extended hours community acute and emergency care.

Inpatient Services

The main tertiary inpatient hub is located on the Bloomfield Campus of Orange Health Service. It provides state-wide, supra-district and district-wide inpatient services which include a child and adolescent unit, a state-wide forensic rehabilitation unit, a mental health intensive care unit, adult acute unit, older persons acute unit, and a range of non-acute state-wide and district inpatient units for adults and older people. There are also adult acute mental health inpatient units co-located at Bathurst Health Service and Dubbo Health Service.

The District’s Drug and Alcohol (D&A) program include a D&A Helpline, D&A Counselling Services, Opioid Treatment Programs, Cannabis Clinic, D&A consultation/liaison services and Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) programs. It also includes one of NSW’s two new Involuntary Drug & Alcohol Treatment Units (IDAT) on the Bloomfield Campus.

Virtual Services

Mental Health Emergency Care (MHEC) is our 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 a Virtual Health Service delivering 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.

Our specialised programs and initiatives include:

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

In 2013/14 our Local Health District commissioned an independent review of its MHDA services, which over the years following, we have continued to build contemporary models of care, particularly in the community. This makes it an exciting time for health professionals to join us as we diversify and grow.

View our current job opportunities here​.​​​