New mental health clinic ‘invites the community in’

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A new state-of-the-art facility has opened on Sydney’s North Shore, aiming to provide innovative holistic treatment to people in the community living with mental health disorders.

Northside Group’s St Leonards Clinic is a purpose-built, multi-storey centre offering 112 single rooms, day services and on-site consulting suites.

It replaces the company’s Northside Clinic in nearby Greenwich, which was the second hospital to open under Ramsay Health Care founder Paul Ramsay in 1973, but more recently faced growing waiting lists as it treated more than 10,000 patients a year.

Northside Group CEO Anne Mortimer said the new clinic will cater to the specific needs of people with mental health disorders, as well as those who help care for them.

“Shifting the world’s attitude on mental health will not happen overnight – however, launching a clinic that does not hide away from the community, but actively invites them in, is a step in the right direction,” she said.

It was officially opened in April by the Mayor of Willoughby, Councillor Gail Giles-Gidney, with guests including Sane Australia CEO Jack Heath and National Mental Health Commission chair Lucy Brogden.

Northside Group CEO Anne Mortimer

St Leonards offers specialist clinical care in mood and anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol dependence, postnatal depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and general mental health disorders.

Treatment focuses on Northside’s ‘Four Pillars of Health and Recovery’ – a combination of patients’ psychological, physical, social and nutritional health.

As well as spacious private ensuite rooms, the facility has outdoor therapy spaces, private parkland, dining and wellness areas, a dedicated art therapy room, private massage rooms and a gymnasium with on-site personal trainers.

“This state-of-the-art facility embodies the latest thinking in program delivery, therapy and nutrition and supports an approach to health by offering a well-rounded program addressing medical, psychological and counselling, psychosocial, recreational, physical and diversional interventions,” Ms Mortimer said.

“The hospital offers outstanding educational facilities for the training and education of doctors, nurses and psychologists and has been built to cater for both inpatient and day patients while also providing private outpatient appointments,” she added.

For more information, visit the Northside Group website.

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