Adolescent Inpatient Unit (AIPU) and Eating Disorders Clinic, Box Hill
The AIPU caters for 12 to 18 year olds who require intensive psychiatric care. These young people have a wide range of presenting problems including psychosis, depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, extreme behavioural problems and response to abuse and trauma.
The young people are admitted as a crisis or a planned admission. The length of stay, which may range from 24 hours to a period of several months, varies according to the needs of the individual. Some of the young people experience multiple admissions. The Department of Human Services and Juvenile Justice are sometimes involved.
The EHCYMHS Eating Disorders Clinic is a specialist, multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive assessment and treatment programs to young people with a primary diagnosis of an Eating Disorder.
The AIPU and Eating Disorders Clinic education program provides the following:
School Work –
Work set by the student’s usual school in consultation with the AIPU teachers: ability levels ranging from Special School to Year 12.
Academic tasks designed by teaching staff to encourage learning and raise self-esteem for students who have left schooling, are between schools or whose mental state prevents them from accessing mainstream curriculum.
Oriented towards assisting students in finding alternative courses/employment.
Activities that encourage discussion and sharing. The weekly outing is particularly significant in encouraging community access, independence, trust and having fun.
Meetings, visits and transport to facilitate students return to school during their admission or post discharge.
As part of a multi-disciplinary team provide feedback about the functioning of individual students, through formal and informal assessment.
Adolescent Day Program, groupworx, Ringwood East
The program is staffed by both mental health professionals and teachers to offer young people both a therapeutic and an educational focus.
The Adolescent Day Program, ‘groupworx’, is a group therapy program that provides opportunities for a group of up to 10 young people per term to develop and practise social and emotional skills in a group setting. Referrals are taken from CYMHS clinicians and all participants must be CYMHS clients. The program is structured in such a way that participants develop self-belief and are better equipped to resolve conflict and to seek help to build better relationships.
The program addresses many of the issues young people may be experiencing in their lives, and has been successful in bringing about change with school refusal, social isolation, behaviour difficulties, anxiety and depression. This is accomplished by providing a structured three day group program. Students can attend their base school for two days per week.
The program includes skill development in:
Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Management, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making.
Alfred and Eastern Health CYMHS Community Teams
Teachers in this program work in partnership with Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) clinicians to maximise the educational opportunities of students. Educational supports are developed on an individual basis in collaboration with the CYMHS case manager, schools and families.
Referrals for educational support are accepted from the eleven Community Teams. Eastern Health have seven teams: Chandler House Community Team located at Ferntree Gully, Wundeela Community Team, Intensive Mobile Treatment Team (IMTT) and Maroondah Early Psychosis Team (MEPT) located in Ringwood East, Box Hill Community Team and Box Hill Early Psychosis Team (BEPT) and Lilydale Community Team. Alfred CYMHS have four teams located at Moorabbin: Inner South Community Team, Middle South Community Team, Developmental Assessment Management Program (DAMP) and Youth Outreach Team (YOT.
The supports developed by the Community Team teachers include but are not limited to;
- Educational Advocacy
- Individual Student Sessions
- Transitions and Pathways support
- Classroom Observations
- Delivering Group Activities
- School Liaison- Positive Behaviour Support
- Attending SSG Meetings
- Early Intervention
- Delivering Professional Development
- Education Assessments
- Liaise with DET, DHS, Alternate Education Providers and External Agencies