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Acute inpatient mental health services provide voluntary and in-voluntary short-term in-patient management and treatment during an acute phase of mental illness, until the person has recovered enough to be treated effectively and safely in the community. These services are located within acute general hospitals.

Services provided

  • Short-term inpatient management and treatment of mental illness.
  • A range of therapeutic interventions and programs including assisting with daily living skills and group activities.


You need a referral from the Acute Community Intervention Service (ACIS).

How to access

Contact an approved mental health service (AMHS) triage for your closest ACIS provider. 

View a list of hospitals that provide acute inpatient mental health services.


Acute inpatient mental health services may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.

Acute inpatient mental health services fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for information.

Contact the service before you attend if you would like more information about cost.


In an emergency, call triple zero (000).

For crisis counselling, call: