Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) service

In mid-2019, SA Health will open a new statewide Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Adelaide.

The service will offer supports for people living with severe and complex BPD, with a special focus on new mothers living with BPD and young people at-risk of developing, or with early signs of BPD.  

The services will be provided by clinical staff who specialise in the management and treatment of BPD. Services will include:

  • group programs
  • access to mainstream inpatient and specialist outpatient and therapy services
  • support for families and carers
  • support for consumers, families and carers including access to housing, community and employment services
  • an Early Years and New Mothers program.
  • Provision of consultation, training and support to clinicians

The centre will also work with universities and education partners on innovative research projects, including ongoing evaluation of the service.

What is BPD?

BPD is a mental illness that makes it difficult for people to feel safe in their relationships with other people, to have healthy thoughts and beliefs about themselves and to manage their emotions and impulses.

People living with BPD may experience distress in their work, family and social life, with increased risk of suicide and self-harm.

BPD can have a significant impact on friends, families and carers.

There are approximately 68,000 people living with BPD in South Australia.

Draft Model of Care

Country Health SA has developed a draft Model of Care (MoC) for the statewide Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Centre of Excellence (CoE) (PDF 908KB).

They are seeking feedback on the draft from a variety of stakeholders, including clinicians, consumers and LHN mental health staff.

The feedback period will run from 8 February through to 8 March 2019.

The draft was authored by psychiatrist and Clinical Lead, Dr Martha Kent OAM, with significant support from BPD advocate Ms Janne McMahon OAM.

It was developed collaboratively through a co-design approach, with clinical leaders, relevant stakeholders and people with lived experience of BPD.

The draft MoC draws on successful models used interstate, particularly by Spectrum in Victoria and Project Air in New South Wales.

It proposes a hub and spoke service model that will facilitate the operation of an integrated BPD service across the state, offering consistent, high quality care close to where people live.

It also proposes a stepped Model of Care, a recommended approach for BPD, which has a high community prevalence but variable intensity and prognosis. 

The draft MoC details the approach for providing care in country areas, to Aboriginal communities, new mothers, young people and within the criminal justice system.

You can provide feedback by email to, or by attending an information session (PDF 305KB).

Stay up to date on the process of the MoC by signing up to the BPD service newsletter.

Where to get help in South Australia

If you or someone you know needs mental health support, contact your local GP to discuss your options.

For urgent mental health support, contact the Mental Health Triage Service on 13 14 65. In a life-threatening emergency call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

You can also contact the Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group and BPD Support Services in South Australia.

More information

For more information, contact the BPD Centre of Excellence on or join our mailing list to stay updated with this project.

This service is part of the State Government’s commitment to ensuring South Australians living with BPD and their families and carers have access to the most appropriate treatment and support from a dedicated specialist service.

This project is being led by Country Health SA, in collaboration with the other Local Health Networks, consumers, advocates and other stakeholders.

The Centre of Excellence will operate under a hub and spoke service model, informed by a model of care that will draw on successful models used interstate. Country Health SA is working with clinical leaders, people with lived experience and relevant stakeholders to co-design the BPD model of care for South Australia.

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