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Lavender Mother and Baby Unit
The Lavender Mother and Baby Unit is a four bed acute inpatient unit located at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The Unit admits mothers with a significant mental health problem that cannot be safely managed by community mental health services.
The Unit is for mothers with babies under one, who are non-ambulatory.
Women are eligible to be admitted with:
Referrals can be made by
- Postpartum psychosis, relapse of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in the postpartum
- Severe anxiety and / or depression
- Complex mental health problems which may include a history of trauma, personality disorder and substance misuse that is impacting significantly on their parenting.
- General practitioner
- Private psychiatrist
- Mental health services.
The referral process is to complete a referral form
and fax to 5687 7814 or email to: GCUH_Lavender@health.qld.gov.au
For more details, please visit the Gold Coast Health Website
or phone 5687 7064.
Inpatient treatment program
As well as treatment of maternal mental illness, there is a significant focus on mother infant attachment and the broader family setting. The Unit’s team includes a consultant psychiatrist, psychiatry registrars, specialist mental health nurses, social worker, clinical psychologist, neuro psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, dietician, and infant mental health liaison.
Treatments include individual, group, couple, family, mother-infant psychological interventions as well as medications and ECT where appropriate. An average length of stay is 3 weeks, though this is variable and depends on each individual.
A medical clearance of the infant from infectious diseases is required. There is no capacity to admit ill infants.
All admissions are planned admissions, Monday to Friday, 8:00-4:00 and once the referral is received the woman is assessed by the Lavender Team for suitability for admission based upon our eligibility criteria.
The referrer will be notified of the outcome within two working days.
When a bed becomes available the referrer and patient will be contacted.
The Unit does not provide case management prior to admission. The referrer holds the responsibility and governance of the woman and baby’s care and management until they are admitted.
Alternative support services
- Acute Care Treatment Team: T. 1300 642 255. For when a woman requires urgent assessment.
- Perinatal Mental Health Programme: T. 0401 008 292.
The Perinatal mental Health Program is a consultation and liaison service providing initial assessment of women who are currently pregnant and up to 12 months post-partum. The program is for women who have a current or previous history of serious mental illness and who cannot effectively be managed by primary care services.