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Aged persons mental health (APMH) services are for people with a longstanding mental illness who are now over 65 years of age, or who have developed functional illnesses such as depression and psychosis in later life. They are also for people with psychiatric or severe behavioural difficulties associated with organic brain disorders such as dementia.

Services provided

  • Assessment and treatment services
  • APMH nursing homes and hostels
  • Acute inpatient services


To be eligible for an APMH service you must be:
aged 65 years or older
have a longstanding mental illness or have developed one later in life.

How to access

Visit Department of HealthExternal Link to find an APMH service near you.


APMH services may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.

APMH 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.


  • Have all your medical records handy when you are speaking to a service representative.
  • Take a list of your medication with you when you attend a service.


For crisis counselling, call: