Inpatient programs

Access to any the inpatient programs at Pine Rivers Private Hospital is available via referral.

Your GP will be able to assist you with obtaining a referral to a psychiatrist who is accredited at the hospital and who can organise your admission.

  • Alcohol and Drug Program
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Individual Therapy
  • Inpatient Group Therapy Program
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

The comprehensive Inpatient Group Program offers a number of group therapy sessions facilitated by our experienced clinical team.

At Pine Rivers Private we work on a group based therapy program and have sessions running 3 times a day Monday – Friday and twice daily on weekends.

The programs involve psycho-educational and skills focussed sessions derived from evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Practices.

As such, the programs offer patients the opportunity to:

  • Develop strategies to enhance mental health
  • Enjoy creative and therapeutic activies
  • Explore issues relevant to recovery
  • Gain insight and understanding of mental illness and dependency
  • Learn and practice new and adaptive coping skills.

For more information please contact us via our Contact Page HERE using the patient admission selection, or contact our Intake Team on 07 3881 7291.

Pine Rivers Inpatient Pain Program is suitable for patients with persistent pain and a co-morbid mental health diagnosis.

Development of this program involved our clinical psychologists, exercise physiologist, consultant psychiatrist and pain specialist. The group is facilitated by a highly experienced multidisciplinary team including clinical or health psychologists and an exercise physiologist.

The Program

The program involves small group sessions, with a focus on increasing one’s ability to cope with ongoing pain and reduce the impacts of pain on life activities.

During the program, patients will participate in education, practical activities, and skill building, alongside exercise physiology sessions including gentle and safe exercise recommendations.

Sessions include:

  • The relationship between thoughts, emotions and persistent pain
  • How to manage thoughts and regulate emotions, including understanding the benefit of these skills in managing pain
  • How to exercise safely and increase physical health and wellbeing through mobilizing, building strength, and flexibility exercises
  • How nutrition can impact on physical and mental health, and steps towards incorporating change in this area
  • Steps to link in with supports in the community for ongoing support around exercise and nutrition goals
  • Develop skills of relaxation, mindfulness and exercise
  • Addressing questions regarding medication and pharmacological interventions for persistent pain with an experienced pain specialist and psychiatrist

With consistent application of the self-management skills over time, the latest evidence indicates that a reduction in pain (including the severity and frequency of flare ups) can occur.

Admission Criteria

  • Pain duration longer than three months
  • Non-malignant musculoskeletal pain
  • Medical intervention options for pain are unlikely to improve symptoms at this time
  • Patient is willing to participate in a self-management approach for pain


  • All Private Health Funds
  • Self-funding
  • Work Cover

Access to Service

Access to our pain program is available via referral from your local GP, physician or surgeon.

For more information please contact us via our Contact Page HERE using the patient admission selection.

Pain Specialist

Pine Rivers Private also has a visiting Pain Specialist available for outpatient appointments.

Dr Michelle O'Brien

Pain Medicine and Anaethesia
Phone: 07 3391 7111
Fax: 07 3112 6885

EMDR Therapy is used in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Complex Trauma. EMDR occurs alongside the hospitals group therapy program,

EMDR therapy is a powerful psychological treatment that has been extensively researched and proven to be effective in the treatment of trauma, as well as many other psychological conditions.

The therapy works on the primary basis that traumatic memories remain trapped and ‘frozen in time’, unable to be resolved through the mind’s usual pathway for processing life events – REM. sleep.

Treatment planning is an ongoing process and will occur in collaboration with each patient.

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