Northside Group
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Day Programs

The objective of day programs is to deliver group therapy that provides patients with the skills and support to help improve the quality and enjoyment of life and break the cycle of relapse, and therefore mitigate the need for hospitalisation. The individual programs are designed to promote the use of effective coping strategies and a return to normal functioning.

Before commencing a day program you will need a referral from your GP or psychiatrist. All patients attending a day program at Northside Group must be under the care of a private psychiatrist. The psychiatrist needs to be accredited with the Northside Group. Many patients also benefit from working with a psychologist or other health professional as part of their treating team to provide ongoing support.

The day programs are provided by an experienced team of health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, art therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and specialist nurse therapists. In most cases the costs are covered by private health insurance.

For further information, or if you do not have private health cover, please contact the Northside Group for details on attending our day programs.

Our Programs

Our Anxiety day program is for people who experience symptoms of anxiety such as panic attacks, worry, and avoidance to an extent that interferes with their quality of life. Attendance is for 8-12 weeks depending on individual needs. After this time patients will be assessed on an individual basis and either referred to a different program or discharged in consultation with their treating team.

The program focuses on issues identified by research to be important in triggering and maintaining anxiety. These include:

  • Avoidance
  • Unhelpful thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Facing fears
  • “Fear of fear”
  • Assertiveness

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and education about anxiety, including acceptance and mindfulness, are important elements of the program. The goal is to help people respond positively to their negative thoughts and to be able to live the kind of life they would like, without being held back by fear.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on helping patients learn strategies to tolerate and accept painful thoughts and emotions. ACT helps patients identify their value systems and develop a set of effective and realistic goals to work towards living a rich, full and meaningful life.

Our Drug and Alcohol program is abstinence based. We support patients as they work towards the goal of living a drug and alcohol free life. The Drug & Alcohol day program focuses on two stages of recovery. Stage one addresses coming to terms with living drug/alcohol free and includes relapse prevention techniques.

Stage two focuses on the underlying issues relevant to the development of emotional wellbeing and ongoing abstinence. The program provides a supportive framework in which people can safely address their particular life issues and the underlying psychological problems; as well as share creative solutions to help achieve the goal of abstinence that leads to a fulfilling and healthy life.

Patients in the drug and alcohol day program need to be under the care of a private psychiatrist if they are not seen one-to-one by the Day Program Psychiatrist. All patients must have a GP in their treating team. Commitment to the day program is the important step and the treating team at Northside assists in selecting the program that will suit the needs of the individual.

The Eating Disorders day program is designed for patients who are ready to begin the lengthy journey of recovery. The program is designed to meet the needs of patients suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, EDNOS and Binge Eating Disorder, as they begin to change and challenge eating disordered thoughts and behaviours, removing the restrictions that these place on their lives.

Groups are open and patients have a choice to attend between 1-5 days depending on their individual needs and current availability. The program has been set up in such a way as to be flexible around work, university or school. Accountability is crucial to recovery therefore the program focuses on encouraging personal empowerment through choice.

All eating disorder patients must be under the care of one of our Eating Disorder Specialist Psychiatrists and a dietitian. Patients must be attending appointments at least monthly or as required by their treating team. Patients who have not had an inpatient admission for their eating disorder require an assessment by one of our Eating Disorder Specialist Psychiatrists to ensure their suitability to the program. This assessment will include medical suitability.

This program is specifically designed for patients with depression and offers support, psycho-education and skills development to effectively manage symptoms and to improve the quality and enjoyment in life. It is an 8-12 week course and both days are compulsory. In this supportive group there is an opportunity to practice implementing these skills. Participants are also given assistance in developing a weekly plan for achieving goals that are related to meaningful areas of life.

The Mood Disorders day program covers issues that have been identified by research as being important in the onset and maintenance of depressed mood. These issues include:

  • Difficulty with motivation and activation.
  • Grief and loss.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Depression about being depressed.
  • Unhelpful thinking.
  • Relationship satisfaction.
  • Acceptance of painful feelings.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are used to cover issues central to the onset and maintenance of depression, including poor motivation, negative thinking, low self-esteem, relationship satisfaction and loss. Emphasis is placed on the provision of a warm, supportive and encouraging environment.

The Supportive day program is designed to give support, education and skills training to improve the quality and enjoyment in life for people experiencing mental health problems, and to help prevent relapse and repeated hospital admissions. This program assists patients who would benefit from a supportive, less structured therapeutic environment.

Rather than focusing directly on mood, anxiety, psychosis or other specific types of disorders or issues, the Supportive day program is inclusive and accepts patients suffering from a myriad of issues and symptoms. A combination of therapies is utilised to deliver a program in a supportive, encouraging and learning environment.

The group provides relief from social isolation and enables patients to discuss their current difficulties in a supportive environment and receive assistance with problem solving and goal setting. The supportive nature of the group allows members to disclose much about their issues and provides the opportunity for constructive feedback from peers. Feedback is a valued component of the group therapy experience.

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