MICCN clinics

Monash Psychology Centre

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MPC provides a range of evidence-based psychological services to the community.

MPC also provides comprehensive training to the next generation of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology practitioners through the Doctor of Psychology programs.

Our clinicians work with MICCN's researchers to ensure rapid translation of the latest findings into improvements in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental health and brain disorders.

Clients may be invited to participate in research projects.

The MPC encompasses:

  • The Clinical Psychology service — This service provides assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioural problems such as grief and loss, trauma, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, and developmental difficulties.
  • The Neurosychology service — This service provides assessment and treatment of brain impairment associated with conditions such as developmental and learning difficulties, dementia, stroke and traumatic brain injury.
  • MPC specialty clinics — MPC excels in the study and treatment of anxiety and depression, concussion, and sleep and memory difficulties. To provide clients access to clinical services that are informed by the latest findings, MPC runs specialist clinics in these areas. MPC runs specialist clinics in these areas, including the FEAR clinic and the Optimal Health clinic.

Clients may be invited to participate in research projects.

REFERRALS

You are welcome to call the clinic directly. You can also be referred by your doctor, allied health professional or community agency.  A Mental Health Care Plan is not required. Please call to speak to an intake clinician or complete and forward the following referral form. Health Professionals Referral Form:

FEES

At MPC you can access low-cost psychology services, including a sliding scale fee structure for low income and concession card holders ranging from $20.00 - $60.00 per session. Fees for assessments requiring a written report such as neuropsychology assessments range from $200-$600.  Fees for organisations, consultation and training are available on request and subject to GST. Medicare and health fund rebates are not available in training clinics.

PARKING

Limited free parking is available in the "yellow" zones outside the MPC. Car park passes are available from the MPC front reception desk. Please allow sufficient time prior to your appointment to collect a pass and park your car. Pay Parking is available in the commercial car park at 264 Ferntree Gully Road, next door to the MPC.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Available bus routes: 742 and 693 (from Oakleigh station), 733 (from Clayton station) and 742 (from Glen Waverley station).

CRISIS INFORMATION

MICCN Clinics cannot provide crisis services. If you or someone you know is in need of immediate psychological assistance, please attend your local hospital emergency department or contact one of the following services, which are open 24 hours a day.

  • Monash University students and staff can access 24 hour emergency counselling and support through the Monash Counselling Service: 1800 350 359
  • Southern Health Mental Health Services Intake : 1300 369 012
  • Lifeline: 131 114
  • Suicide Line: 1300 651 251

Monash University Healthy Sleep Clinic

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In any one year, one third of Australians suffer sleep problems. Symptoms can be disabling, and include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.

MUHSC, offers comprehensive assessments, which may include at-home sleep studies, a sleep-monitoring wristband, and body-clock assessments

MUHSC's focus is on non-pharmacological treatments, although in some instances pharmacotherapy is necessary. All treatments are evidence-based and individually tailored. They may include a sleep education program, cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), light therapy, and treatment for co-existing psychological conditions such as depression.

A MUHSC priority is to improve the treatment of body—clock and sleep disorders, all the patients are invited to take part in on—going research projects.

MUHSC is part of the Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE) facility.

WHO CAN ATTEND?
  • Individuals having sleep difficulties.
  • Individuals with circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, for example those with delayed sleep phase disorder, or shift-workers with sleep difficulties.
  • Individuals with sleep difficulties as well as other co-existing mental and/or physical health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain.

We provide service to adults and adolescents aged 16 years and above.

COST

The initial consultation with the sleep physician is bulk billed.

A small fee covers the comprehensive CBT-I package or circadian re-entraining.  This includes visits with our sleep psychologists, which are rebatable through a care plan provided by your GP.

HOW TO ACCESS OUR SERVICE?

Before you visit us, please visit your GP in order to obtain the following two referrals so you can receive Medicare rebates for your visits:

  1. a referral to a Sleep Physician for the initial consultation;
  2. a referral to see a psychologist under Medicare.

We recommend you obtain both referrals during your visit to your GP, so you can receive the full benefits of our service without delay.

The addiction and compulsive behaviours neuroscience clinic

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MICCN will soon establish the addiction and compulsive behaviours neuroscience clinic. This clinic will focus on problem behaviours involving substances, including cannabis and stimulants, gambling, and compulsions seen in obsessive-compulsive behaviour. Its emphasis will be on early detection and intervention.

The evidence shows that a person's vulnerability to addictive and compulsive behaviours increases with certain neuropsychological profiles, for instance reduced self-control and poor decision-making.

The clinic will use targeted, user-friendly assessment tools to understand each person's profile. Treatment will focus less on the problem behaviour and more on tailored interventions designed to address the personality traits, or neurobiology driving the behaviour. These include evidence-based treatments focusing on lifestyle (e.g. physical exercise and mindfulness), and psychological interventions (e.g. cognitive behavioural therapies).

Our clinician-researchers are also developing new research and intervention techniques based on the latest neuroscientific knowledge. These include the use of bio/neuro-feedback — realtime displays of physiology and brain activity that help people learn to regulate their emotions and decision making — and emerging technologies such as virtual reality, and brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

We will also train a new generation of clinician-researchers skilled in applying neuropsychological knowledge to the treatment of these common conditions.

FEAR Clinic

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The Monash FEAR Clinic is a specialty treatment and research clinic housed within the Monash Psychology Centre. The FEAR Clinic opened in 2016, and serves three primary purposes:

  1. providing low-cost state-of-the-art Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and related emotional disorders
  2. conducting research to better understand anxiety, depression, and related emotional disorders, as well as improve treatment options and outcomes
  3. training postgraduate students to deliver the most powerful treatments for anxiety, depression, and related emotional disorders

The FEAR Clinic is affiliated with the Monash University FEAR Lab and the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Research Unit (CBTRU).

If you, or someone you know is suffering from panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, excessive or uncontrollable worry, obsessive-compulsive problems, or post-traumatic stress, or depression we may be able to help.

Monash University Optimal Health Clinic

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Depression is the world’s leading source of disability, and includes distressing mood, difficulties with motivation, sleep, diet, and relationships. It is a serious problem that affects the quality of life and occupational functioning of many thousands of Australians.

The Monash University Optimal Health Clinic has been established to offer comprehensive assessment and state-of-the-art non-pharmacological treatment that is tailored for the individual. The clinic is part of MICCN’s Cognitive Behaviour Research Unit Cognitive Behaviour Research Unit (CBTRU) and has been established in collaboration with the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, USA, as a founding MICCN clinical partner.