Referral Information

We provide continuity of care from a team of expert psychiatrists, medical specialists, nursing and allied health professionals, all working together to guide and support patients in their recovery. We try our best to make referring to Blackwood River Clinic and Abbotsford Private Hospital as easy as possible. This information that may help you in your referral.


How many people can you treat?

Blackwood River Clinic can offer and deliver therapy services for up to   daypatients.

Abbotsford Private Hospital offers treating capacity for up to 30 inpatients and 40 day patients.

What treatment options are there?

We proudly partner with our metropolitan site, Abbotsford Private Hospital. This means our specialist treatment covers the full spectrum of psychiatric and psychological conditions in adults. Clinical teams tailor treatment plans to individuals. Our treatment options include:

Blackwood River Clinic:

  • Full Day Programs (Blackwood) which are designed to run as Weekend, Two week and Four week options.
  • Equity Access Accommodation close to the clinic to make costs of attendance easier for people needing helping
  • Programs to help families and supporters

Abbotsford Private Hospital:

  • Inpatient and day patient services (Abbotsford)
    • Full- and half-day programs
    • Evening and weekend programs
    • Family and carers’ support groups

What age group can you help?

We are licensed to treat anyone over the age of 18.

Is there a waiting period?

We do our best to help your patient access our therapy and facilities as soon as possible. Blackwood River Clinic has scheduled start dates for programs throughout the year which generally rotate every four weeks.

Abbotsford Private Hospital Inpatient referrals will be placed on an Admissions Waitlist. Length of time for admission will vary depending on many factors. These can include doctor availability, current inpatient numbers, changes to discharge times. The wait could range from a couple of days to about two weeks.

We also do our best to encourage people on the waitlist to attend day programs for extra support.

What sort of referral do I need to provide?

If you want your patient to attend day therapy programs in the metropolitan area you can refer them to the Day Programs, Abbotsford Private Hospital. This will allow them to attend open-based groups.

If your patient needs more intensive therapy it is better to refer them to one of the credentialed psychiatrists or specialist doctors of the hospital. That doctor will then review your patient and plan a therapy care pathway best suited to their needs.

If you want your patient to attend day therapy programs at Blackwood River Clinic you can refer them to one of the credentialed psychiatrists or specialist doctors of the clinic. That doctor will assess your patient and be their treating doctor for the duration of their stay at the clinic.

Where can I find a referral form?

You can download a PDF referral form or complete an online referral. For your convenience we use a multi-site referral form.

What happens to my referral?

Your referral is received by our Referrals Coordinators who will then contact your patient directly for further information and to answer any questions they may have.

We will also keep you informed of your patient’s care.

What does it cost for my patient to attend?

Both Blackwood River Clinic and Abbotsford Private Hospital are accredited and licensed facilities. They are preferred providers with most private health fund insurers with cover of costs for inpatient (Abbotsford) and day patient (Blackwood) treatments.

Coverage is dependent on a patient’s level of cover with their fund. We recommend anyone planning attendance to contact us and your health fund in advance to discuss the proposed treatment and any related expenses.

Patients must be 18 years or over and require a GP referral for day programs. For inpatient admission, a referral must be made to one of our accredited psychiatrists.

Are there any inclusion criteria I need to consider?

To be admitted to Blackwood River Clinic, patients must meet our inclusion criteria:

  • 18 years or over.
  • Ambulatory and self-caring with respect to showering, feeding and toileting.
  • Physically well enough to not need general hospital care.
  • Suffering a mental, psychological or social issue requiring treatment.
  • Under the care of an accredited medical practitioner.
  • Mentally and cognitively well enough to manage in an open voluntary hospital.
  • Able to respect the values and behavioural requirements of the clinic at all times.
  • Actively participate, contribute and support a therapeutic and safe community after daily therapy concludes.
  • Preferably, a member of a private health insurance fund.

What if I have other questions?

Our patient coordinators can answer any questions you may have, as well as discuss the referral process and treatment to suit you. We also offer support programs for carers and family members of people experiencing mental health issues.

We have a special GP Hotline for information also and prompt access to specialist mental health care services. Please call 0499 975 282