In the tradition of international tertiary specialist services, MAPrc runs several specialist consultation clinics headed by the professors of MAPrc. Included in this set of clinics is a Women’s Mental Health Clinic, TMS Depression Clinic, The Voices Clinic and others to be announced.
The Voices Clinic is a specialist psychological treatment and research clinic for people who hear voices or have similar experiences.
All therapy at the clinic is supervised by clinical psychologist Dr Neil Thomas, an expert on psychological therapy for voices.
We work closely with the Voices Vic and can provide information on hearing voices support groups.
Any sessions take place alongside the person's usual treatment. We cannot provide advice on medication or crisis management.
To refer to the clinic please complete the Referral Form below. Referrals no longer require a Mental Health Care Plan and can be accepted from any health professional or community mental health worker. If you would like to self-refer, please contact us by telephone or email with your contact details.
As well as researching psychological therapies, the clinic also conducts research on the experience of voices, on adaptation to hearing voices and on their causes and mechanisms.
We collaborate with researchers at Swinburne University, with Voices Vic (the voice hearer-led Hearing Voices Network of Victoria), and with national and international experts on hearing voices.
Research we conduct can involve a range of different methods including interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, computerised tasks and brain imaging.
If you are interested in participating in research on hearing voices, refer to the document Hearing Voices Participant Registry below.
The Clinic operates from MAPrc:
The Voices Clinic
Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre
Level 4, 607 St Kilda Road
Tel: 03 9076 6564
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Why women’s mental health?
Women’s mental health has been overlooked as a special area of mental health requiring specifically tailored understanding and treatment for women suffering with a variety of mental illnesses. Medicine has remained somewhat 'gender blind' to date, and diagnoses plus treatments are often based on the archetypical patient being a caucasian male. This often disservices women who need consideration of their biological, gender role and different responses to treatment.
The women’s mental health clinic provides tertiary consultation in the form of second opinions by expert psychiatrists and psychologists for women with a variety of psychiatric disorders. In particular the impact of hormonal changes and other reproductive factors are carefully considered in the management of mental illnesses.
Women with disorders such as perimenopausal depression, menstrual cycle related mood disturbances, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and many other illnesses are offered innovative treatments utilising hormone modulation techniques and other new approaches.
Watch the Women's Mental Health Clinic team discuss their work here.
Mode of consultation
The main aim of the clinic is to provide an overview of the woman’s current mental state and functioning, diagnosis and past treatments, and to offer suggestions for new or different treatments. We aim to use a biopsychosocial or holistic approach to really help the whole woman and her family. To do this, we spend at least one hour with each woman, discussing her history and her observations and views about her illness and previous treatments. We are also keen to involve family members in the consultation – but only if she wishes. A letter summarising the consultation is then sent to the referring doctor and a copy is also sent to the woman. We are also happy to send a copy of the letter to other health professionals, involved in the woman’s treatment - but only with her permission.
We aim to empower the woman by listening to her - thereby validating her observations, discussing treatment options and providing educational material plus offering an opportunity to participate in research studies if she wishes.
We also aim to assist her treating team by providing a second opinion, the latest research information and new options for treatment. We do not take over the management of the woman, but hope to add to her treatment program.
Referral to the clinic
Women seeking a second opinion require a referral from a general practitioner, or other medical practitioner, or from other mental health practitioners.
The Women’s Mental Health clinic runs once per week on Thursday mornings.
Referrals may be sent directly to the clinic via fax or email (listed below). Once a referral has been received the patient will be placed on the waiting list. Please note the clinic currently has a waiting list of several months. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni
Dr Caroline Thew, Endocrinologist
Dr Lanka Cooray, Consultant Psychiatrist
Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre
607 St Kilda Rd
For any enquiries regarding the clinic please contact Cindy Yu (Part-time Assistant Coordinator for WMHC). If you are contacting the clinic out of hours, please leave a message and Cindy will return your call when she is in the office. Alternatively you may leave your message via email.
Cindy's Hours: Monday 9.00 - 5.00pm and Thursday 9.00 - 5.00pm
Tel: 03 9076 9895
Fax: 03 9903 0762