CAMHS - Helen Mayo House
Helen Mayo House is a South Australian State-wide acute inpatient unit of the Women's and Children's Health Network, and is located on the Glenside Campus. It provides services for the treatment of women who have children aged 0-2 years and who have a significant mental health problem such as bipolar mood disorder, schizophrenia, major depression or multiple problems including mental illness. As well as treatment of the mental illness, there is a significant focus on mother-infant attachment issues, and broader family work. In addition to inpatient services, the unit provides teaching services in the community in perinatal and infant mental health and specialised consultation-liaison to general practitioners through the GP shared care workers.
Inpatient Treatment Program
Helen Mayo House is primarily established for the treatment of mental illness. The inpatient treatment program functions as a multi-disciplinary team with consultant Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Registrar, Clinical Psychologist, Infant Mental Health Experts, Social Worker and expert Nursing staff. Treatments and therapies include individual, couple, family, mother-infant and group counselling, medication management and ECT if appropriate.
The approximate length of admission is 2-3 weeks but is largely dependent on each client’s individual needs. Referring agencies and services organised in discharge planning will be invited to attend the ward round with client consent to contribute to post discharge management and continuum of care for clients.
General Practitioner Liaison
We endeavour to conduct assessments on women who are parenting infants, and who have significant mental health problems where management plans are sought by GPs. Management plans may include medication, referrals to our inpatient or group services or to other practitioners as well as a management plan provided to GP. Telemedicine assessments can be arranged for Rural and Remote clients. General practitioner liaison is provided by the GP Shared Care team.
The GP Shared Care workers can be contacted by phoning:
08 7087 1047 during office hours or 08 7087 1030 out of hours.
Who can refer HMH?
Eligibility criteria for referral:
Section A: MUST meet at least ONE of these criteria
Criteria #1: Women with SEVERE Mental Health Problems
Women who have one or more children aged 2 years of age or younger and have severe mental health problems that severely impacts on or inhibits their level of functioning and/or ability to parent are eligible for referral to HMH. Severe mental illness in this sense includes an Axis I diagnosis of:
Criteria #2: Women with MODERATE to SEVERE mental health problems
Women whose child or children are 2 years of age or younger who have moderate to severe mental health problems and have multiple psychosocial issues that have a major impact on their ability to function and /or ability to parent.
Criteria #3: Women with DUAL DIAGNOSES
Women whose child or children are 2 years of age or younger who have a dual diagnoses of a primary severe mental health problem AND current substance use. If the woman has a drug or alcohol dependency they will only be considered for admission following clarification of detox and withdrawal (see Substance Use).
Section B: MUST meet ALL of these criteria
Criteria #1: Medical clearance from infectious disease and illness
Women and their child/children will only be admitted if they are medically clear from infection diseases and illness and/or are a minimum 48 hours clear of symptoms of recent illness.
Criteria #2: Women experiencing drug and alcohol dependence or withdrawal are not eligible for admission
Substance abuse and alcohol use is NOT tolerated on the ward and women with substance and alcohol dependence will only be considered for admission following completion of withdrawal and detox. Clients requiring admission to HMH who are experiencing drug or alcohol dependence will be required to complete a detox program with supporting evidence from the detox program co-ordinator or GP provided to HMH prior to admission. Please contact Drugs and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) for detox programs.
Criteria #3: Woman and at least one child will be admitted to HMH together
Women are expected to bring their child / children under the age of 2 to stay at HMH during the time of their admission. As HMH provides services for both the mother and child, therefore HMH is unable to accommodate women without their child/children.
8 step guide for making referrals to HMH.
Please note that HMH is not responsible for the management of the client upon receiving the referral. However HMH will be responsible for responding appropriately to your referral by adding your client to the waiting list or suggesting other more appropriate sources of support.
When there are no available beds HMH will prioritise referrals with medically urgent admissions taking priority. For example: Women with severe mental health problems and who are breast feeding young infants are a high priority for admission.
HMH is not a crisis care service and referrals will only be reviewed periodically. Therefore HMH cannot be responsible for responding to acute or crisis situations. If you require urgent acute or crisis intervention please contact the Mental Health Telephone Triage Service on 131 465 for immediate assessment, referral and support or your nearest hospital emergency department.
Due to HMH’s commitment to admitting the highest priority referrals upon availabilityof a bed it is difficult to predict waiting times for admission and admission, therefore, cannot be guaranteed. Historically waiting times for admission have been anywhere between a few days for emergency admissions to several weeks or several months for lower priority referrals. When a bed becomes available a HMH staff member will contact you and your client.
In the meantime...
Women, children, fathers, partners and their families need ongoing support whilst waiting for admission. Families who receive appropriate support during their time of waiting may experience less distress and increased coping abilities to manage an emotionally difficult and confusing time. A list of support services that may be appropriate for your client as listed below in the support services section.
For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the mental health triage service – Phone 13 14 65 available 24 hours, seven days a week
Your General Practitioner
Seeing your GP can be a good starting point for accessing professional help. For information on how your GP can assists please click on the Beyondblue link https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/who-can-assist
Post and Ante Natal Depression Association (PANDA) ph: 1300 726 306 or visit www.panda.org.au
Post and Ante Natal Depression Association offers a national helpline, service directory, counselling and referral to appropriate mental health and parenting services. PANDA provides information that is suitable for consumers and service providers.
Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS) ph: 1300 733 606 or visit www.cyh.com (CaFHS Centre Locations)
Child and Family Health Services provide support for parents and caregivers around feeding and settling issues, parent-child relationships, attachment, health checks, parenting groups and referral to other support services such as Torrens House and Family Home Visiting. There are over 100 centres across South Australia and they are generally open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. To make an appointment, call 1300 733 606 between 9am and 4.30pm. Alternatively call the 24 hour Child and Youth Health Parent Helpline 1300 364 100.
Women’s Health Statewide: ph: 8444 0700 or visit www.whs.sa.gov.au
Offers over the phone and face to face counselling for women experiencing mental health problems and psychosocial issues for both rural / remote clients and metro clients, as well as face-to-face counselling for metro clients at one of the three satellite locations.
Beyondblue ph: 1300 224 636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au
For the cost of a local call, the beyondblue info line provides callers with access to information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety related matters. The beyondblue website also has a lot of information regarding post natal depression and possible support services.
Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA) ph 1300 364 277 or visit www.relationships.com.au
For the cost of a local phone call, this number directs you to the main Relationships Australia centre in your state for:
RASA provides a myriad of services including counselling, support groups, projects and clinics for South Australian families with the purpose of promoting and developing family connections and relationships.
Drug & Alcohol Service South Australia (DASSA): Click here
Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS) ph 1300 13 13 40
ADIS is a 24-hour telephone information, counseling, and referral service for the general public, concerned family and friends, students and health professionals. ADIS is staffed by trained professionals with experience in the alcohol and other drug field. ADIS also provides information about how to access other DASSA services. A wide range of information pamphlets, posters and other resources is available.
last modified: 20 Jul 2020