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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Australia’s first female-only trauma clinic opens

For the first time, Australian women have access to dedicated, trauma-informed mental health care in a female-only environment with the official opening of Ramsay Clinic Thirroul in Wollongong, NSW.

The clinic was officially opened by NSW Minister for Women, Regional Health, and Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor.

Director of Ramsay Mental Health, Anne Mortimer, said the facility will offer a new alternative for women suffering from complex mental health concerns.

“I am extremely proud we have now officially opened this important facility, the first of its kind in Australia,” Ms Mortimer said.

Twelve per cent of the Australian population, or more than 3 million people, will suffer from PTSD in their lifetime. Unfortunately, two-thirds of these will be female. 

“To date, there is a real shortage of women’s only mental health facilities in Australia. Ramsay Mental Health has been providing care for people affected by mental illness since 1964 and we understand that mental health challenges look different for everyone, especially trauma related mental health. We also understand that some women will heal best in a female-only environment. 

“This is why Ramsay Health Care has established Ramsay Clinic Thirroul. Our team of mental health clinicians are experienced in the treatment of trauma disorders and will use a range of evidence-based programs to drive the best patient experiences and outcomes.

“Ramsay Clinic Thirroul will also help create the next generation of trauma informed mental health specialists. It will become a training centre for psychiatric, medical, psychological, allied health and nursing students to help build a workforce for the future that is trauma informed when managing complex mental health issues.” 

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