Psychological Medicine referrals


Criteria and referral process

Inpatients can be referred to the Department of Psychological Medicine when their medical condition is having a significant adverse impact on their mental health, or when there are pre-existing mental health problems that interface with their medical management. Staff wishing to refer should discuss the reasons for the referral with the patient and obtain the patient’s consent to be referred for to Psychological Medicine for assessment.

Referrals can be made by completing the Psychological Medicine Referral Form. If you are unsure about the referral, please contact (08) 6458 1521 and discuss with our inpatient duty triage officer.

Written referrals using the recommended referral form are required for all inpatient referrals. Obstetric referrals may be made by the midwife or medical staff member responsible for managing the patient's care. Non-obstetric patients require a referral from the treating medical clinician or their delegate. The referring clinician may telephone the department to notify of the impending referral. The written referral is faxed to the department on (08) 6458 1111 or sent through the internal mail if non urgent.

Emergency inpatient referrals (eg. acute risk to self or others, acute disturbance) are seen immediately or as soon as possible. Urgent inpatient referrals (eg. high level of distress, high risk) are seen on the same day, or as soon as possible.

Efforts are made for same day review, if patients are due to be discharged.

Routine inpatient referrals are seen on the day of referral (if possible) or on the next working day.

Weekend reviews of patients requiring discharge or urgent psychiatric review are conducted by ‘on-call’ psychiatry staff. This service is not for routine review of inpatients. Notification of admission and requirement for Psychological Medicine input should be directed to the normal weekday inpatient process. After hours emergency inpatient referrals are directed to ‘on-call’ psychiatry via the hospital switchboard.


Criteria and referral process

Outpatients are referred to the Department of Psychological Medicine by any of the Hospital Outpatient Clinics, Visiting Midwifery Service, General Practitioners, Community Mental Health services, Child Health Nurses, or (where appropriate) by family members or self-referral. Only patients of KEMH are eligible for services from the department.

Referrals can be made on a recommended the Psychological Medicine Referral Form or by letter (outlining the mental health concerns). A phone call to outpatient triage duty staff can be made to discuss referrals. 

The department provides services to patients attending a range of outpatient Clinics/Services at KEMH. These include the Antenatal Clinics (including the Diabetic and Adolescent Clinics and the Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS), Family Birth Centre, Perinatal Loss Service, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), various Gynaecology and Oncology Clinics, Pelvic Pain Clinic, Breastfeeding Centre, Menopause Clinic and Genetic Services. Patients can be seen whilst they are ongoing patients of the hospital clinics and for up to six months post-discharge, where clinically appropriate. Extended service is provided for up to 12 months for those women who have had a baby that had a period of hospitalization in the NICU.

Education and training

To help us improve outcomes for women and families at KEMH and the broader community, we endeavour to share our expertise and educate others. We provide unique and valuable clinical training in workshop format, enabling the development of specialised psychological and psychiatric knowledge and expertise in understanding, assessing and treating women presenting with mental health problems.
Participants include staff from KEMH and other hospitals, community-mental health, alcohol and drug agencies, aboriginal and multicultural agencies, women’s health centres, Ngala, Department of Child Protection, university students, GP’s, private psychologists, mental health nurses and social workers.

More information

Mother Baby Unit 
Psychological Medicine (Mental health) 
Specialist Outpatient Department Referral Directory 

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 1521
Fax: (08) 6458 1111

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm


King Edward Memorial Hospital
Level 1, Agnes Walsh House (next door to main hospital)
369 Bagot Road
Subiaco WA 6009

Emergency contacts

Psychological Medicine is not a crisis service. If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide please contact:

Mental Health Emergency Services
Tel: 1300 555 788

Samaritan Crisis Line
Tel: (08) 9381 5555

Tel: 13 11 14

Crisis Care
Tel: (08) 9223 1111

Tel: (08) 9388 2500

Beyond Blue
Tel: 1300 224 636