Greenslopes Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Mental Health Service

Our mental health service provided through the Keith Payne Unit at Greenslopes Private Hospital specialises in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug & alcohol, depression and anxiety, and older veterans’ mental health. Currently this service is specifically for entitled veterans and war widows.

The Keith Payne Unit was named in honour of Australia's only surviving Vietnam Victoria Cross recipient.

Day programs

Alcohol Management Program

The Alcohol Management Program provides helpful information about the physical and psychological impacts of alcohol consumption. It also offers practical suggestions for controlling intake or maintaining abstinence.

The multidisciplinary program is run through the Keith Payne Unit Day Centre. Each program consists of eight weekly sessions of two hours duration. There are generally between 5-10 participants in each program. A number of programs are offered each calendar year. Participants can be referred through either the treating psychiatrist or a GP.

Content of this program includes:

  • Helping participants to identify the severity of their problem.
  • Assisting participants to develop motivation for change.
  • Helping to establish goals around substance usage based on identification of core values.
  • Providing information about managing crabings and drink refusal skills.
  • Outlining relapse prevention approaches by identifying the links between thoughts and behaviours and developing a range of strategies for overcoming dependence.

Who can join?

Veterans/current serving members/ others with a military entitlement can join if they have concerns regarding their alcohol intake.

For more information:

Day Centre Coordinator, Keith Payne Unit
Phone: 3394 7216
Fax: 3394 7050

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a well-researched and validated psycho-educational treatment approach to the management of many mental health problems such as Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Research shows individuals who implement CBT strategies in the management of their PTSD and co-morbid diagnoses (including depression, anxiety and anger) report an improved understanding of their diagnosis and a reduction in the severity of symptoms.

CBT for Depression Management Program

This program is designed for people who report problems with managing:

  • Persistent low mood
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low energy and motivation
  • Emotional numbing
  • Social withdrawal
  • Interrupted sleep patterns
  • Negative thoughts about the future

CBT for Depression Management is a course consisting of eight sessions which are offered by psychologists at the hospital’s Keith Payne Unit. The sessions run for 2.5 hours each and are held once a week.

Content of this program includes:

  • Understanding CBT
  • Understanding PTSD, depression and co-morbid conditions
  • Behavioural strategies for managing depression
  • Healthy lifestyle patterns
  • Challenging unhelpful core beliefs
  • Mindfulness skills training
  • Goal setting
  • Relapse prevention

Most patients attending the Keith Payne Unit are eligible for the CBT for Depression Management Program. Speak to your psychiatrist; if they feel the program will suit your needs they can provide a written referral to the Day Centre. A psychologist will contact you to confirm the details and arrange a start date.

For more information:

Psychologists, Keith Payne Unit
Phone: 3394 7468

Day Centre Coordinator, Keith Payne Unit
Phone: 3394 7216

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a well-researched and validated psycho-educational treatment approach to the management of many mental health problems such as Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Research shows individuals who implement CBT strategies in the management of their PTSD and co-morbid diagnoses (including depression, anxiety and anger) report an improved understanding of their diagnosis and a reduction in the severity of symptoms.

CBT for Anxiety Management Program

This program is designed for veterans who report problems with managing:

  • PTSD symptoms
  • Physical anxiety symptoms (e.g. increased heart rate, hyperventilation, feeling edgy)
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Chronic hypervigilance
  • Catastrophic thinking
  • Avoidance of feared situations
  • Social withdrawal

CBT for Anxiety Management is a course consisting of eight sessions which are offered by psychologists at the hospital’s Keith Payne Unit. The sessions run for 2.5 hours each and are held once a week.

Content of this program includes:

  • Understanding CBT, PTSD, and co-morbid conditions
  • Anxiety and avoidance
  • Relaxation and mindfulness skills training
  • Exposure to feared situations
  • Challenging unhelpful thoughts
  • Managing worry and rumination
  • Relapse prevention

Most patients attending the Keith Payne Unit are eligible for the CTB for Anxiety Management Program. Speak to your psychiatrist; if they feel the program will suit your needs, they can provide a written referral to the Day Centre. A psychologist will contact you to confirm the details and arrange a start date.

For more information:

Psychologists, Keith Payne Unit
Phone: 3394 7468

Day Centre Coordinator, Keith Payne Unit
Phone: 3394 7216

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

The Anger Management Program is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. CBT is a well-researched and validated psycho-educational treatment approach to the management of many mental health problems such as Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Research shows individuals who implement CBT strategies in the management of their PTSD and co-morbid diagnoses (including depression, anxiety and anger) report an improved understanding of their diagnosis and a reduction in the severity of symptoms.

CBT for Anger Management Program

This program is designed for people who report problems with managing:

  • Anger
  • Unhelpful emotions
  • PTSD symptoms

CBT for Anger Management is a course consisting of eight sessions which are offered by psychologists at the hospital’s Keith Payne Unit. The sessions run for 2 hours each and are held once a week.

Content of this program includes:

  • Understanding the nature of anger
  • Cognitive therapy and anger
  • Relaxation training
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking

Most patients attending the Keith Payne Unit are eligible for the Anger Management Program. Speak to your psychiatrist; if they feel the program will suit your needs they can provide a written referral to the Day Centre. A psychologist will contact you to confirm the details and arrange a start date.

For more information:

Psychologists, Keith Payne Unit
Phone: 3394 7468

Day Centre Coordinator, Keith Payne Unit
Phone: 3394 7216

Phoenix Australia is a not-for-profit Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health, which promotes recovery for millions of people affected by trauma.

For information including fact sheets, booklets and treatment options, visit: phoenixaustralia.org

Greenslopes Private Hospital has developed a number of unique multidisciplinary services to cater for the special needs of entitled veterans and war widows. Such services include the PTSD Program of the Keith Payne Mental Health Unit, Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a dedicated Stroke Program for veterans.

In addition, there is a range of designated services specifically for veterans including: diabetic clinic, glaucoma clinic, cancer care and education programs, lymphoedema management and back management, respiratory rehabilitation, speech pathology and stomal therapy.

While redevelopment of Greenslopes Private Hospital has been a priority since the takeover by private hospital operator, Ramsay Health Care in 1995, every effort has been and is being made to retain Greenslopes’ unique veteran character.

Special places in the Hospital grounds such as the Chapel, and the Peace Grove have been retained, while a Hall of Remembrance has been built as a tribute to veterans, war widows and all who were involved in their care while Greenslopes was a military and repatriation hospital. As a special tribute to Anzacs, the Hospital has built an Anzac memorial where, on Anzac Day each year, a Dawn Ceremony of Remembrance is held in their honour.

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