Nurse Unit manager Trish Donohue, CEO Tracey Wust and Clinical Nurse Kath Ryan at Archerview Clinic, a private mental health clinic at Hillcrest Private Hospital. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Nurse Unit manager Trish Donohue, CEO Tracey Wust and Clinical Nurse Kath Ryan at Archerview Clinic, a private mental health clinic at Hillcrest Private Hospital. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK140213sarcher1

Mental health clinic celebrates busy year

ROCKHAMPTON'S Archerview Clinic staff blew out the candles of their first birthday on Wednesday.

Excited staff celebrated a successful 12 months with high occupancy rate since its in inception, often with waiting lists.

The private mental health unit, located at Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital, is now looking forward to the start of stage two expansions which will see eight new beds added to the clinic later this year.

The unit is a response to the overwhelming need for mental health services in regional Queensland, being the only private mental health facility between Cairns and Brisbane.

With one-in-five people experiencing a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, Archerview has been kept busy in its first year, servicing a catchment area of 300,000 people.

Chief executive officer of Hillcrest Hospital, Tracey Wust said she was "extremely happy" with the progress Archerview Clinic has made so far.

Archerview Clinic offers individual and group therapy, staffed by a workforce of specialised mental health clinicians including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists and other allied health professionals.

Other services include access to a gymnasium, art therapy, physiotherapy, a dietician and Tai Chi classes.

The unit provides inpatient services for people with a range of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, psychosis (schizophrenia), personality and adjustment disorders, eating disorders and post traumatic stress disorders.

Ms Wust said it was important people have access to the private service locally as in the past many patients have had to travel to Brisbane to receive psychiatric treatment.

"In some scenarios this is necessary, but on the whole they are moving away from their support system and family," said Ms Wust.

"Generally the public sector does not cater for the case mix and clientele which we are catering for.

"And many patients have stayed at home and not received treatment when they should have been seen and treated by someone." she said.



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