The Southport Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Inpatient Mental Health Clinic

Inpatient treatment is where patients stay at the clinic for the duration of their treatment.

Our Inpatient Mental Health Clinic provides evidence-based mental health treatment. Our experienced, professional team aims to give patients the skills and confidence to manage their mental health concerns now and into the future.

Contact our intake manager for admission information


Our team of highly qualified mental health practitioners helps people dealing with:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Alcohol dependency
  • Low self-esteem
  • Impaired relationship or communication skills
  • Intent to suicide
  • Grief and loss.
  • Isolation
  • Diminished level of functioning.

Patients staying at the Southport Private Hospital are assessed for inclusion in the Inpatient Mental Health Clinic program by the treating psychiatrist and the intake officer.

A guide book containing information about the therapy program and a workbook with educational information and handouts related to group sessions is then provided.

The psychologist and/or nursing staff will then do an orientation tour of the clinic and introduce the patient to our recovery-oriented practice.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lisa our intake manager on 07 5671 8447 or email

Therapy options

Our experienced team uses evidence-based therapies and treatments such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Diversional Therapy
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  • Yoga
  • Gym
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sensory modulation
  • Art and music therapy

CBT is designed to improve your mood using two different strategies – changing your thinking, and changing your behaviour. It helps you to effectively identify thoughts and thought patterns, and to try and change them by considering alternative and more helpful ways of thinking. It also involves taking steps to follow through on the thinking by beginning to change your behaviour.

ACT helps people to accept reality as it is and to commit to change. ACT involves letting go of what you should or should not do. Instead, it helps you to underst what really matters to you and gives meaning to your life, so that you can live based on those values and truths instead.

DBT is a therapy designed to help people balance their emotions. It covers four topics:

  • Distress tolerance (skills to help manage very strong emotions or a crisis situation)
  • Mindfulness (skills to help you stay in the present moment and accept reality)
  • Emotion regulation (skills to help you balance emotions)
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness (communication and relationship skills)

Mindfulness is a therapy that involves approaching the world in a different way. It involves trying to move away from judging things as right or wrong and instead trying to focus on accepting the world as it is and making it work for you. It also involves trying to live life in the present moment instead of living on autopilot.

Diversional therapy is a very different style of therapy to the other therapies offered at The Southport Private Hospital. Diversional therapy includes any structured activity such as group walks, mandalas (intricate patterns designed for colouring in), trivia, watching movies, going for coffee, and arts and crafts. Rather than tackling issues head on, diversional therapy is about taking a step back from problems by engaging in a distracting, positive activity. Many people find that their life often lacks structured activity, and sometimes by stepping away from problems we can come back to them later with a fresh perspective.

ECT is proven to be highly effective for treatment-resistant depression, mania and schizophrenia.

Lead by Dr Sandra Fang, in partnership with Coast Anaesthesia, our specialised team of nurses and doctors treats patients in our dedicated ECT suite.

The newly fitted suite has been designed to create a private space for our patients, during their treatment and recovery.

A holistic approach gives patients the best quality of care and greatest chance at a positive health outcome, and each program is developed and tailored to treat the individual patient.

ECT is supported by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), dedicated psychologists, group therapy, hydrotherapy, gym, yoga, art, music and experienced nursing staff.

Currently, ECT is available three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Meet our team

Bridie Fahey

Bridie Fahey

Bridie is a qualified exercise physiologist who provides education and exercise classes on the mental health unit.

This includes health education, developing a tailored exercise program in the fully equipped gym and assistance with developing a healthy lifestyle plan to maintain physical health post discharge.



Solitaire is a qualified yoga instructor who has completed additional training in mental health yoga.

Solitaire provides classes to the mental health unit twice a week, with an additional class (chair yoga) for the rehabilitation ward.

Admission enquiries

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lisa our intake manager on 07 5671 8447 or email

Art room

Art room



Managing Anxiety

Mood Disorder