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About Cabrini Women’s Mental Health

Cabrini Women’s Mental Health is the first of its kind, women’s-only private mental health hospital offering a nurturing and respectful place where women can feel safe and supported as they embark on their recovery journey.

Located in the Lisa Thurin Women’s Health Centre in Elsternwick, this 30-bed inpatient facility focuses on the treatment of women between the ages of 18 and 65 who are dealing with mental health conditions, including:

  • Mood disorders (including depression, anxiety, bipolar, premenstrual dysphoric disorder)
  • Burnout and stress
  • Complex trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD)
  • Addiction

Our team of warm and caring mental health professionals do everything to ensure our clients’ comfort and peace of mind during their time with us.

Underpinned by compassion and kindness this service offers inpatient psychosocial treatment programs coupled with individualised treatment methods specific to each woman’s unique needs.

  • General enquiries

  • Operating hours

    24 hours, 7 days a week

  • Referrals

    To be admitted to the Lisa Thurin Women’s Health Centre, you will require a referral from your treating medical professional.

    Your first point of contact for mental health services is usually your General Practitioner (GP). Your GP can provide treatment, referral, as appropriate, to mental health services and professionals such as psychiatrists and psychologists.

    If you need assistance or advice, please call our assessment team on (03) 9508 5100, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm.

    If you have an emergency or are in crisis, please call 000 or an appropriate helpline such as Lifeline on 13 11 14.

    We accept direct referrals from GPs and all other mental health professionals including psychiatrists and psychologists.

    Medical and mental health professionals can refer clients by calling our assessment team on (03) 9508 5100, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm or by submitting a referral online or via email using our hard copy referral form.

    Online referral form

    Download the referral form and email to


  • Locations

    Lisa Thurin Women’s Health Centre
    2-6 Hopetoun Street, Elsternwick VIC 3185

    Cabrini Elsternwick

  • If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 000 immediately!

    Crisis Resources

Why Cabrini Women's Mental Health

About our programs

Cabrini Women’s Mental Health offers a variety of mental health services ranging from a short-stay intensive inpatient program to a variety of community programs including group and individual therapy. Our team takes a holistic approach to recovery and aims to help women in exploring and understanding their mental health, and develop a range of skills to support them long term.

We accept referrals from anywhere in Australia for our inpatient program. For rural and regional clients, our community programs can also be delivered via telehealth.

Take a virtual tour of the facility

Model of care

Cabrini Women’s Mental Health service offers a short-stay mental health program supported with intensive day programs, telehealth and community support. We offer targeted treatments for improving women’s mental health. Women have access to an innovative, biopsychosocial package of care, which provides holistic treatments designed to optimise outcomes for women.

The Lisa Thurin Women’s Health Centre offers:

  • 30 inpatient beds
  • Multidisciplinary specialist workforce
  • Inpatient stay with a range of programs including therapies and lifestyle modification
  • Homecare support, post inpatient care
  • Tailored community programs

To be admitted or referred to the Lisa Thurin Women’s Health Centre, a client will require a referral from their treating medical professional. To find out more about this process discuss with your GP or psychiatrist.

Principles of care

We operate under the principle that women experiencing acute phases of mental illness have a better response to treatment, better outcomes and better overall wellbeing when they receive treatment in a women’s-only facility. Our treatments and programs are tailored to the individual needs of women and to the specific characteristics of the illness that are unique to each person.

The following principles underpin everything we do:

  • Client-centred
  • Recovery-orientated
  • Holistic
  • Trauma-informed
  • Bundled-care
  • Consumer and carer informed
  • Inclusive
  • Research-driven and research-assessed

Our dedicated team of clinicians

  • Consultant psychiatrists
  • Registered mental health nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational therapist
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Social workers
  • Dietitian
  • Art therapist
  • Music therapist
  • Pastoral care practitioner


As a private hospital we have arrangements with most major private health insurers. Subject to a client’s level of cover, some out of pocket costs may be incurred. A fund eligibility check can be performed by the hospital to advise the client of their coverage.

Clients with restricted benefit cover (not fully covered for the service) may elect to upgrade their cover should they require admission without serving a waiting period, to a status that provides full cover. The option to do this is arranged with the client’s health fund, with the client being required to pay an upgraded cover amount. The option to upgrade cover is available to a client only once. Once exercised, if the new level of cover is not maintained, the client will incur out of pocket expenses in the event a future admission is required. The option to upgrade cover was introduced in 2018 as part of a suite of Private Health Insurance reforms by the Commonwealth Government and is not hospital or fund specific.

Clients who seek to self-fund their admission will be provided with an estimate of the cost of their program by contacting the Intake team on (03) 9508 5100.

How to refer to our service

We accept direct referrals from GPs and all mental health professionals including psychiatrists and psychologists.

Medical and mental health professionals can refer clients by calling our assessment team on (03) 9508 5100, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm or by submitting an online referral or emailing a hard copy referral to

Call our team
Download our PDF referral form
Complete our online referral form

Please submit any accompanying documentation such as psychiatric/psychology assessments, letters, correspondence, previous hospital discharge summaries and any other relevant information. We accept clinical documents via Argus.

For further information about our service and model of care, please refer to our Medical Professional Information Guide.

Work with us

We are seeking expressions of interest from psychiatrists to join our team at Cabrini Elsternwick.

To find out more about how you can be part of Australia’s first women’s mental health hospital, click here.