The Cairns Clinic
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Inpatient Services

We are a fully accredited mental health hospital and provide a range of inpatient services. For information on how to be admitted, please see the admission process.

Psychiatric Care

To be admitted, you will need to be under the care of one of our psychiatrists. During your admission, your psychiatrist will see you nearly daily to assess and review your treatment and progress. Your psychiatrist will:

  • Assessment your current and past mental health
  • Provide a diagnosis
  • Review and prescribe medications; and other treatments (eg rTMS)
  • Provide clinical governance and management of your inpatient care

Mental Health Program

To maximise the benefit of your inpatient stay, you are required to attend the various psychotherapy groups that have been designed to address both mental health and alcohol and drug related issues. Groups are provided daily for at least 3 hours during which you are provided with the opportunity to:

  • Understand mental health illnesses
  • Recognise symptoms so that in future, assistance can be sought earlier
  • Learn strategies to manage symptoms of mental health illnesses
  • Share and learn from others with shared experiences
  • Gain constructive feedback from supportive staff and peers

On discharge it’s recommended that you consider attending our outpatient Day Programmes which have been designed to provide ongoing support and prevent relapse.

Mindfulness relaxation classes

Each week an experienced relaxation therapist comes and teaches you how to relax your mind and body.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is incorporated into the group programs mentioned above. This therapy allows you to explore some of your troubling emotions and address these directly. There is a dedicated art room which you are free to use for individual / self directed art outside of group therapy times. Please check with staff re availability.

Exercise

Research has demonstrated the importance of exercise with assisting recovery of mental health conditions. We have an exercise physiologist who is available to discuss any personal needs you might have regarding exercise and can provide a personalised exercise program for you to use here and at home.

rTMS

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a modern, safe, therapy for treatment resistant depression and anxiety. It has been extensively researched over the past 20-30 years and shown to be an effective treatment for mental health conditions. The advantage of this treatment for patients is that it is non-invasive. No sedation or anaesthesia is required. rTMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the cerebral hemisphere (frontal lobe) over a course of 20-40 treatments. It affects brain plasticity during this time and reduces the severity of symptoms.

The treatment takes place in a tranquil room with a comfortable chair. You sit still under a magnetic device which stimulates the part of the brain that controls mood. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes in total and occurs daily for a number of weeks (the number of treatments required vary for each patient).

For more information

ECT

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) has been around since the 1930’s after it was noticed that when people had seizures, they had temporary relief from their mental health symptoms31. ECT has since had a plethora of research showing its efficacy for treating severe mental health conditions. ECT works by passing an electrical current through the brain to trigger a seizure. These days, patients receive a full anaesthesia and muscle relaxant prior to the treatment. ECT is usually administered when all other forms of treatment have been exhausted (eg psychotherapy, antidepressants, rTMS).

We run ECT as either an inpatient or outpatient three days a week. For the inpatient treatment, your psychiatrist will explain this with you including the risks vs benefits of this treatment. For more information on ECT, please review our booklet on this: