Depression and Bipolar Clinic
The Depression and Bipolar Clinic provides a consultancy service to help you and your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist manage your mental health condition.
The Depression and Bipolar Clinic is not an emergency service and cannot offer crisis intervention.
Aim of the clinic
The aim of the Depression and Bipolar Clinic is to:
- help confirm your diagnosis
- better manage your medication or psychological treatment
- help you return to a fulfilling lifestyle.
A consultant psychiatrist will undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment of your condition covering relevant medical history, family medical history, past mood episodes, current and past treatments, social factors, and any other information that may be relevant.
This assessment will take approximately one hour, giving a refined diagnosis, management suggestions (concerning medications and psychological treatment), and advice to help you return to a fulfilling lifestyle. Clinic specialists will write to your referring doctor following the consultation outlining suggested management options.
The Clinic does not take over patient management this remains with the referring doctor.
We are unable to provide psychiatric assessments or reports for legal matters, insurance determinations or academic exemption.
Before attending our clinic we require a referral from your GP or psychiatrist. They will need to complete our Referral to Depression and Bipolar Clinic form.
The referral should include your background as well as any previous personal experiences with mental illness as well as the specific advice (e.g. diagnosis, management) sought by the referring GP or mental health professional. Appointments cannot be made until we have your completed Black Dog Institute referral form.
Once we have received your referral one of our patient care coordinators will call you to arrange a time for your appointment.
The referral can be faxed to (02) 9382 8510.
A psychiatrist will undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment, where your history and current presentation will be reviewed. This appointment takes about an hour to complete. Following this assessment the psychiatrist will write a comprehensive report outlining their opinion and recommendations which will be sent to your referring doctor.
You will need to liaise with your doctor to implement these suggested strategies.
To make an enquiry, please:
- send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- call the Clinic on (02) 9382 2991 and speak to one of our patient care coordinators.