Referral Process

(For health care professionals)

How to refer to an iBIPP brain injury psychiatrist

Here, you can find inpatient or outpatient referral processes to obtain psychiatric support for your patient/client with a  severe traumatic brain injury.

For health care professionals in the:

  • Northern Sydney Local Health District click here.
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District click here.
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District click here.

For Health Professionals Northern Sydney Local Health District

  • If you support an adult who has sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and
  • Requires support for behavioural or psychiatric changes post-injury

 They may be eligible for support from Royal Rehab

Royal Rehab

Inpatient referral:

  • the person with the brain injury lives within metropolitan Sydney or northern NSW
  • has sustained a traumatic brain injury
  • are medically stable
  • 16–65 years old or working full-time
  • have active rehabilitation goals
  • have identified a discharge destination.

NSW Metropolitan BIU referral form Proposed InpatientReferral Form (nsw.gov.au)

Also found at : Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program | Agency for Clinical Innovation (nsw.gov.au)

For more information, please visit the website or call (02) 9808 9222

Website: Neurological Rehabilitation Services Sydney | Brain Injury Rehab Unit (royalrehab.com.au)

Phone: +61 2 9808 9222

Fax: 02 9809 6071

Community/Outpatient referral

Website: https://royalrehab.com.au/rehab-services/brain-injury-rehabilitation/brain-injury-community-rehab/

Referral information

Referrals to the Brain Injury Community Rehab Team (BICRT) require initial assessment by the Rehabilitation Medicine Physician. This requires a medical referral from a General Practitioner, hospital physician or medical specialist.

Referral criteria:

    • Recent traumatic brain injury (other brain injuries will be considered)
    • Adults of working age
    • Lives in north-eastern metropolitan Sydney (BICRT referral region)
    • Medical stability
    • Active rehab goals and willingness to participate.

For more information, and to discuss a referral, please see their website Brain Injury Community Rehab Team (BICRT) Sydney (royalrehab.com.au)

Royal Rehab

Location: Royal Rehab, 235 Morrison Road, Ryde NSW 2112

Website: royalrehab.com.au

Phone: +61 2 9808 9222

Fax: 02 9809 6071

Mailing address: Royal Rehab, PO Box 6, Ryde NSW 1680

For Health Professionals South Western Sydney Local Health District

  • If you support an adult who has sustained a severe brain injury and
  • Requires support for behavioural or psychiatric changes post-injury

They may be eligible for support from our brain injury psychiatry Fellow.

Liverpool Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU)- Inpatient Services

Inpatient referral

Referral information:

For admission enquiries contact the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service at Liverpool Hospital on

pager # 48945 or 49098 

For more information about the Liverpool Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation unit, please visit the website

SWSLHD Liverpool Hospital – Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (nsw.gov.au) Or call (02) 8738 5495

Location:

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Hospital, Elizabeth Street, Liverpool, NSW, Australia 2170

Community/Outpatient referral

Referral Information

Referrals and referral enquiries must be made to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU), Liverpool Hospital. Contact number: (02) 8738 3000

The initial review would be with BIRU Rehabilitation Physician who would then consider if referral for Brain Injury Psychiatry is required.

Referral form

The referral form can be found here https://www.swslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/liverpool/biru/content/pdf/Inpatient_Referral_Form.pdf) 

For more information  about Liverpool Hospital BIRU- Community Outreach Services, please visit the website at https://www.swslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/liverpool/biru/communityservices.html  for more information

Liverpool Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Website: SWSLHD Liverpool Hospital – Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (nsw.gov.au)

Tel: (+61 2) 8738 5495

Fax: (+61 2) 8738 5497

Location: Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Hospital, Elizabeth Street, Liverpool, NSW, Australia 2170

Mailing address: Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Hospital, Locked Bag 7103, Liverpool BC NSW, Australia 1871

For Health Professionals Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Inpatient referral

If you are a health professional in the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Port Kembla, Coledale or Bulli hospitals who cares for an adult patient with:

  • A severe brain injury, and
  • Requires support for behavioural or psychiatric changes post-brain injury

You can make a referral for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry with the iBIPP brain injury psychiatry fellow.

To make a referral for an acute review:

  • phone: (02) 4222-5294 (diverts to mobile), or
  • via eMR (place an “MH Consult Liaison” order for the patient)

If the person with the brain injury will likely require other brain injury rehabilitation services:

  • please also contact the Illawarra Brain Injury Service on (02) 4223-8470

Referrals may also be accepted from other specialist brain injury services, such as the Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, for patients who are being discharged to the Illawarra.

Community/Outpatient referral

Access to the icare Brain Injury Psychiatry Program (iBIPP) outpatient clinic is primarily for case-managed clients of the Illawarra Brain Injury Service (IBIS). However, there are options for support below:

 If you need a mental health review of a person with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), but who is not currently engaged with IBIS:

  • Contact the local community mental health service via the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511

 If you require a  tertiary/second opinion from the brain injury psychiatry fellow from iBIPP:

  • make a referral to the IBIS psychiatry clinic via a clinic letter

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Illawarra Brain Injury Service

Website:  https://www.islhd.health.nsw.gov.au/services-clinics/illawarra-brain-injury-service

Phone: 02) 4223 8470

Fax: 02) 4223 8484

Locations: 

  • Illawarra Brain Injury Service (IBIS) is located on the grounds of both Port Kembla Hospital and Shoalhaven Hospital
  • Port Kembla Hospital, 89-91 Cowper Street Warrawong NSW 2502
  • Shoalhaven Hospital, 2 Scenic Drive Nowra NSW 2541

Address: Illawarra Brain Injury Service Fairfax Road Warrawong NSW 2502

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 8.00 am to 5 pm (excluding public holidays). Attendance is by appointment.

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The icare Brain Injury Psychiatry Program (iBIPP) is an icare NSW funded project that was launched in 2019 with a partnership between the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, The University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre, and Northern Sydney Local Health District. It was rolled out in response to the significant demand and ongoing need for psychiatrists experienced in the area of brain injury.