Suitability and referral
We are now accepting referrals for this program.
Your GP or your treating Psychiatrist (if you have one) will need to make a referral to a Consultant Psychiatrist credentialed at Buderim Private Hospital. A list of Admitting Psychiatrists and their contact numbers can be found here.
Your GP/doctor can forward the referral directly to their chosen credentialed Psychiatrist, email it to Cooinda Mental Health Service at Cooinda.Intake@uchealth.com.au or call 1300 780 413 for more information.
Your credentialed Psychiatrist will provide an assessment to ensure eligibility and that the program will meet your needs.
Our inclusion criteria for the Bipolar Program are that people referred are adults who have a clearly defined primary diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Type 1 or Type II. We also include people in the group program who are depressed or mildly hypomanic at the time the group starts - although those who are in a manic state when the group is due to start will be asked to wait for the next available group.
The program is not designed for people:
- Whose use of drugs or alcohol will interfere with their ability to attend groups regularly, participate in group sessions or take in group content
- Who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
- Whose primary diagnosis is complicated by a longstanding personality disorder.
The Cooinda Mental Health Service will review each person referred in order to determine whether they will be suitable to start the group.
For more information, please contact the Cooinda Mental Health Service on 1300 780 413 or complete the online form below. The commencement and finish dates for the program can be found by visiting the Outpatient Day Program Calendar.