Specialist mental health services for older people

Specialist mental health services for older people

The following is an important update on the range of specialist mental health services for older people which are available within our local area, specifically:
Behavioural Assessment Management Service (BAMS) - NSLHD
Specialist Mental Health Service for Older People (SMHSOP) - NSLHD
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services (DBMAS) - Hammondcare

Behavioural Assessment Management Service (BAMS)

BAMS are a team of specialist clinicians who provide a range of behavioural assessment and intervention services to Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs), Hostels and patients homes, plus public Hospital inpatients. Eligibility: Consumers aged over 65 years, displaying severe behaviours due to impaired cognition and/or mental illness. BAMS will consider assessment of persons aged 65 years and under if they demonstrate age related functional decline in addition to impaired cognition.

Referral pathway: GPs and external providers should always refer via the
Mental Health Telephone Access Line 1800 011 511.

To access education or training please contact BAMS on 0408 265 969 or email NSLHD-BAMSIntake@health.nsw.gov.au


Specialist Mental Health Service for Older People (SMHSOP)

SMHSOP INPATIENT: Across the NSLHD there is provision of 30 dedicated SMHSOP acute care beds. This comprises of 10 acute care beds at Manly District Hospital and 20 acute care beds at Greenwich Hospital (operated by Hammond care). There are preliminary plans to increase this capacity by adding 15 beds to the Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai catchment area with the addition of a new SMHSOP acute inpatient unit.

Referral Pathway: Via local Emergency Departments. No direct admissions
SMHSOP COMMUNITY: Across the NSLHD there are 4 dedicated Community teams who provide case management, consultation liaison, medication management, and collaboration with voluntary sector. A key aim of community care is to maintain the well-being of consumers and prevent unnecessary acute care admission as a result of coexisting mental illness. Community Teams are located as per sector: Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai Mental health Service or Ryde Mental Health Services.

Referral Pathway: Via Mental Health Telephone Access Line (internal pathway exists for NSLHD inpatient settings to make direct referrals to SMHSOP community Teams)


Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services (DBMAS)

The NSW DBMAS program, which is managed, under contract by Hammondcare, provides onsite clinical assessments, interventions, education and evaluations with the aim to improve knowledge and understanding of behaviours relating to dementia.

The HammondCare DBMAS program provides a state-wide service across NSW and is accessible through the national DBMAS number 1800 699 799.

For more information please contact Janet Smith, Aged Care Coordinator, at jsmith@nsml.com.au or phone 9477 8700.