Our Inpatient Programs

We are committed to excellence in the care and ongoing recovery of our patients in dedicated day patient and inpatient programs using advanced evidence-based practices. To participate in our accredited day programs, contact our Clinical Programs Coordinator on (02) 4286 6847. For full details on inpatient programs, call 1800 250 000.

Managing Distress

Managing Distress is a skills-based program designed to introduce our patients to various skills to help them to manage their distress. In this program, we strongly believe that every skill works for someone and no skill works for everyone. Therefore, the skills in this group come from a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy.

This program is run four days per week and is an open group, so patients can join the group at any time. Your psychiatrist will determine if this group is suitable for you.

Inpatient Programs 

PTSD Programs

South Coast Private runs two types of programs for patients with PTSD.  The initial three week group therapy program provides a psycho-educative format by which patients develop insight into the nature of PTSD, symptom management, interpersonal sequelae, and relapse prevention.  The group program also provides a stepping stone to the more intensive trauma processing program.

South Coast Private has adopted an innovative approach to the management of PTSD in accordance with the National Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD.  Eligible patients are provided with intensive inpatient one-2-one treatment using trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (for PTSD).  This program lasts between 5 and 8 weeks, depending upon the clinical need. Please note; Health fund approval is required to participate in these programs.

Wellness Programs

We offer a range of additional programs at South Coast Private. These sessions run independently of the therapeutic programs and are attendance is encouraged by all patients.

Recovery and Wellness Planning

This program runs over six sessions held on Saturday and Sunday mornings. It addresses key components of wellbeing including goal setting, strengths and values, and support planning.

Art Therapy

Our well-appointed art room is open to patients every day. Structured art therapy sessions are offered four days per week.

Healthy Living Talks

Patients are invited to attend the education sessions provided weekly by our Exercise Physiologist and Dietitian to discuss the important of exercise and health nutrition as part of their recovery.


South Coast Private provides yoga classes for our patients twice a week in our gymnasium. A qualified yoga instructor supports our patients through a one hour session that is accessible for all patients.

** Please note that all patients require medical clearance from our GP’s before participating in any gym activities.

Our partnerships

Pet Therapy by Paws

We have an accredited Pet Therapy provider who visits our hospital once a fortnight to give our patients to opportunity to play and interact with Bohdi. Our patients love these sessions as many of them are missing their pets from home.

**Please note that patients are unable to bring their own pets in to South Coast Private. Assistance pets are considered on an individual basis and can be discussed prior to your admission

Alcoholics Anonymous

A weekly meeting is held at South Coast Private on Mondays at 7:30pm in the Mystics room. This group is facilitated by AA and is open to current and former patients of SCP, as well as members of the public.

Mental Health Carers Network (Formally ARAFMI)

“MY SANCTUARY” A Personality Disorder Support Group (for carers), this group is a therapeutic support group where carers and family members of someone living with BPD can come and share strategies on positive coping and is held on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 5.30-7.30pm


On 13 April 2017, Healthe Care Australia (“Healthe Care”), Australia’s third largest corporate private hospital operator and pan-Asian health care services group acquired Evolution Healthcare’s three Illawarra hospitals: Shellharbour Private Hospital, South Coast Private Hospital and Wollongong Day Surgery.

Healthe Care currently has:

  • 35 private hospitals (34 in Australia and one in New Zealand)
  • Approaching 7,000 staff
  • Near 2,500 hospital beds

While this website is updated to reflect Healthe Care guidelines, please access information regarding the hospital and its services as usual. For further information about Healthe Care and its 35-strong hospital network, please visit healthecare.com.au