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Country mental health services

Country Health SA provides recovery-focused mental health services to people aged 16 and over with mental illness living in regional and remote areas of South Australia. The goal is to ensure care and rehabilitation that supports people in their recovery.

Rural and remote service

Our Rural and Remote Service (based at Glenside Health Services) provides inpatient care and distance support for country people and mental health service providers.  

The Rural and Remote Distance Consultation and Emergency Triage and Liaison Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 13 14 65. It is available to:

  • community members
  • primary care providers (such as community health, pharmacists)
  • acute inpatient units
  • non-government organisations
  • general practitioners
  • regional hospitals.

This service is staffed by mental health clinicians who triage admissions to the inpatient service and provide a comprehensive range of advice and support including access to psychiatrists.

The Rural and Remote Service also incorporates a telepsychiatry service which uses video conferencing to enable a person to remain in or close to their own community while receiving psychiatric consultations for initial assessment, discharge planning and ongoing treatment.

  • Rural and Remote Inpatient Unit (Glenside Health Services)
    Telephone: (08) 7087 1600
  • Telemedicine/Telepsychiatry Unit
    Telephone: (08) 7087 1660

Local country mental health services

Local mental health clinicians work within local clinical health networks to coordinate care and provide integrated service delivery for people with mental illness.

There are 15 mental health teams in country areas that provide services from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

The after hours/emergency on-call service is managed via the local health unit emergency department or the Emergency Triage and Liaison Service on 13 14 65.

Regular visiting psychiatry services are provided to country areas. For information on referral to a visiting psychiatrist, contact the team closest to where you live.

Country Health SA Mental Health Team locations and contact numbers:

Primary contact numbers and locations of country mental health services have been listed. You will be directed to the most appropriate service in your area.

Lower North – telephone (08) 8841 3500

  • Clare

Inner North – telephone (08) 8521 2080

  • Gawler/Barossa

Kangaroo Island – telephone (08) 8553 4231

  • Kingscote

Adelaide Hills – telephone (08) 8393 1833

  • Mount Barker

Murray Mallee – telephone (08) 8535 6800

  • Murray Bridge

North West – telephone (08) 8668 7788

  • Port Augusta

Eyre

  • Port Lincoln – telephone (08) 8683 2083
  • Ceduna – telephone (08) 8626 2108

Mid North – telephone (08) 8638 1100 (Port Pirie)

  • Port Pirie
  • Peterborough

Riverland – telephone (08) 8580 2525 (Berri Community Health)

  • Berri - Triage (08) 8580 2445

South East – telephone (08) 8721 1507 (Mount Gambier)

  • Mount Gambier
  • Bordertown
  • Naracoorte
  • Millicent

Southern Fleurieu – (08) 8552 0600

  • Victor Harbor

North West – telephone (08) 8644 5130

  • Whyalla

Yorke Peninsula – telephone (08) 8828 1350 (Kadina)

  • Kadina
  • Minlaton
  • Maitland

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