It is said that the green reed that bends with the wind is stronger than the mighty oak that breaks in the storm.


Reeds may represent frailty but most often they represent the strength found in flexibility. Sometimes they bend, sometimes they break, sometimes they all but disappear. However, they always bounce back demonstrating a resilience that reflects the ability of human beings to deal with adversity as part of the human condition.

Is Blackwood River Clinic right for me?

The importance of mental health and making healthy positive choices can never be underestimated. Change is not only possible, it is essential.

If you are experiencing stress, distress or imbalance related to your mental health and feel negatively challenged or stuck in your daily life it may be a good time to explore that, to commit to change and to learn new skills.

The tranquil rural setting enables patients to fully attend to their situation without distraction, enhancing the potential for a rich and deep therapeutic response. Blackwood River Clinic adopts a holistic approach to psychiatric and psychological disorder.

We recognise the value of a comprehensive team approach utilising psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and nurses, with complementary therapists such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness teachers combined with exercise, and creative arts.

Medication is a valuable tool for certain conditions but Blackwood River Clinic emphasises the mastery of self-control that comes through intensive group psychotherapy and focuses on that aspect for managing your illness.

The Clinic is committed to being a Therapeutic Community and requires all attendees to honour this throughout the period of their program during the program times and at the conclusion of therapy as they return to their accommodation, whether that is at the low-cost equity access accommodation of Sky Lakes Retreat or whether it is elsewhere.  The therapeutic community can be impacted by negative communications and behaviours.

Blackwood River Clinic therapy programs are facilitated from 0900 to 1700 seven days a week. As Day-Patients, attendees are responsible for their own care at the conclusion of groups (after hours).

Who comes to Blackwood River Clinic?

We welcome eligible adults over the age of 18.

All patients are voluntary and must be able to self-care.  It is beneficial to have previous experience in group therapy programs.

Programs may be fully covered depending on your private health fund provider but all costs are discussed prior to admission.

Our patients are admitted from all over Western Australia including the metropolitan area of Perth, from the Eastern States of Australia and internationally.

30% of our patients are from the South West region of Western Australia (extract from Hansard, April 22 2015)

We provide treatment for a range of mental health issues. Our programs are suitable for depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse issues.  It is known that 30-50% of people with alcohol and/ or substance issues also have a mental health problem. This is frequently seen in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma.

What should I bring?

We’ll explain all of this to you following your referral and prior to admission but the following list may help

  • Comfortable and respectful clothing including clothing for exercise
  • Sturdy closed-in shoes for outdoors
  • Soft shoes for indoors
  •  Umbrella
  •  Hat
  •  Sunscreen
  •  Water bottle
  •  Note book and pen
  •  Wet Weather clothing
  • Jacket or cardigan for all seasons
  • Money/ EFTPOS card for social outings and food purchases

Lockers and key are allocated to each patient on arrival. Personal items such as bags, phones, medications and wallets must be kept in the locker. Valuables are not to be brought to the Clinic.  A cost will be incurred for replacement of lost keys.

In the interests of privacy and confidentiality mobile phones are not permitted in the groups.

Our Philosophy

Blackwood River Clinic is a private mental health day clinic dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the community. The programs acknowledge that a strong partnership between the patient, clinicians, staff, families and supporters maximises the opportunity for recovery and wellness.

The design and architecture of the facilities and the rural setting create an experience that is homely and tranquil.

Blackwood River Clinic aims to:

  • To enrich the mental health of the people and communities we serve and to manage illness with skill and compassion in a natural, healing and serene environment.
  • employ clinicians and staff with the best experience, qualifications and personal attributes to deliver high quality group programs;
  • provide treatment by qualified mental health professionals working with complementary therapists;
  • ensure leadership to the Clinic from an  experienced and skilled psychiatrist with knowledge of holistic health
  • deliver evidence-based treatments within a holistic framework utilising traditional and complementary approaches in a serene and beautiful natural setting; and
  • be as green and as integrated with the environment and local community as possible.

Blackwood River Clinic is located on a small clearly identified site on a 34-hectare property.  The grounds of the Clinic are defined by fences on the east, west and north boundaries. The two Clinic boundary markers define the boundary to the south.

All gates and fences are clearly signed and patients will be familiarised with the Clinic boundaries as part of the orientation process. Patients are required to remain within the Clinic boundaries from the time of admission to the time of discharge unless accompanied by a staff member.