aSMILE: treatment options

The following options cover psychological, medications, hospitalisation, finance and other items you mayfind useful. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Hospitalisation:
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  • Understanding admission process
  • The Mental Health Act
  • Legal status: voluntary versus involuntary

Consumer resources and support organisations:

  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
  • NEAMI
  • Victorian Mental Illness Fellowship
  • Victorian Mental Health Carer Network Inc.

The roles played by different health care professionals:

  • Psychiatrist / trainee psychiatrist
  • Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Social worker
  • Occupational therapist
  • Case manager
  • Dietician
  • Podiatrist

Treatment progress:

  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social benefits
  • Accommodation
  • Psychoeducation

Finance:

  • Legal rights

Discharge planning process:

  • Accommodation
  • Financial assistance
  • Legal support
  • Early Discharge Management (EDM)
  • Community MH versus private MH
  • Follow up arrangement

 

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Medication treatments for:

  • Schizophrenia & related psychoses
  • Behavioural emergencies
  • Delirium
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Depression
  • Generalised anxiety disorders
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Alcohol and other drug problems
  • Smoking cessation
  • Gambling

View St Vincent’s Psychiatric Medication Information guides – A Guide for Patients & Carers booklet

Psychological:

  • Benefits of psychotherapy
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Counselling services

ECT:

  • Indications for use
  • Treatment approaches
  • Adverse effects
  • ECT & psychotropic drugs