We provide the highest quality
mental health care to older people in need

St Vincent’s Hospital Psychogeriatric Mental Health Service

The St Vincent’s Hospital Psychogeriatric Mental Health Service provides specialised direct patient care, plus specialised multidisciplinary consultation, liaison and advice, collaborative shared care, focused education, and clinical supervision to other key providers, principally general practitioners, geriatricians, hospital and community mental health teams, hospital and community nursing and allied health clinicians, mental health teams, aged care teams, and residential aged care staff in hostels and nursing homes in a defined catchment area.

Mission

In the tradition of the Sisters of Charity, the St Vincent’s Psychogeriatric Service provides the highest quality mental health care to older people in need, especially the poor, the homeless and the disadvantaged.

Aims

  1. To promote and improve the mental health of older people in the St Vincent’s area.

  2. To prevent mental health problems and mental illness in older people in the St Vincent’s area, where possible.

  3. To identify as early as possible, those older people with mental health problems and mental illness in the St Vincent’s area, and to deliver appropriate early intervention, evidence-based treatment, rehabilitation and relapse prevention.

  4. To deliver timely, high quality, individualised and coordinated mental health care to those older people with mental health problems and mental illness in the St Vincent’s area, regardless of their gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and cultural background.

  5. To reduce, as much as possible, the burden of mental health problems and mental illness on older individuals in the St Vincent’s area, and on their families and their carers.

  6. To advocate for the rights of older people in the St Vincent’s area in relation to issues of health, housing, income, education, employment and justice that may influence their mental health.

  7. To promote sustainable research, education and service innovation relevant to the mental health of older people in the St Vincent’s area.

Team photo kayaking 

The St Vincent's Psychogeriatric Team Building Day kayaking in Middle Harbour, Sydney