Latrobe Regional Hospital

Aged Persons Mental Health Service

Older Gippslanders with a mental illness or displaying challenging behaviours are cared for in the community by the Aged Persons Mental Health Service (APMHS).

It is recognised that older people have special needs that require a different treatment approach to younger adults.


Who can we help?

Residents of Gippsland who are over 65 years:

  • who have had a mental illness for many years and are now experiencing issues relating to growing older
  • who develop a functional mental illness such as depression for the first time in later life
  • who develop an organic disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease and have associated challenging behaviours. We provide services to any adult in this category regardless of age.


How can we help you?

APMHS provides a home based assessment, treatment, planning and case management service. The assessment covers the physical, medical, emotional and safety status of the person in the context of their entire life. An individual plan is developed in conjunction with the person and their carer. A case manager will be responsible for coordinating care and act as a point of contact while a person and their carer is involved with the service.

Hospital admission may be required. The Macalister Unit at Latrobe Regional Hospital provides intensive assessment and treatment services.

APMHS also provides specialist advice through education, consultancy and collaboration with other aged care service providers.


Where are we located?

APMHS workers are based at the following Community Mental Health Service offices:

Bairnsdale: Macleod Street, phone 5152 8800

Korumburra: 4 Gordon Street, phone 5654 0800

Latrobe Valley: 20 Washington Street, Traralgon, phone 5128 0100

Orbost: Boundary Road, phone 5154 6721

Sale: Cnr Palmerston and Cunningham Streets, phone 5142 1900

Warragul: 31-35 Gladstone Street, phone 5624 3600

Yarram: 20 Nicol Street, phone 5182 0245


Hours of operation

APMHS staff are available Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm.

The adult service duty staff member attends to any emergencies after these hours including weekends. Their availability may vary after 8.30pm.

You can contact this person through the Mental Health Triage Service on 1300 363 322.



General Practitioners usually make referrals, but a relative, carer or individual can also make a referral.

Referrals are made and advice sought through the Mental Health Triage Service on 1300 363 322.

You will be assisted by a senior clinical staff member 24-hours a day.

If you choose to make a referral, ensure you have the following information:

  • name, date of birth, address and contact number of the person being referred
  • name and contact number of next of kin
  • name and contact number of the person’s doctor or specialist
  • medication the person takes, if known
  • current medical and physical state
  • the problems that have prompted you to make the referral
  • if other services are involved
  • your name and contact number as the referrer.



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