Our Day Programs

We are committed to driving excellence in the care and ongoing recovery of our patients through dedicated day patient and inpatient programs and advanced evidence-based practices. To participate in any of our accredited programs, contact our Day Programs Coordinator on (02) 4286 6847.

South Coast Private Hospital offers innovative and experience based therapeutic programs to address a variety of clinical presentations. Our programs consistently achieve significant clinical improvement in patient symptoms, with patients reporting a deeper understanding of their clinical issues as well as the development of skills required to target symptoms following discharge from hospital. Our hospital in conjunction with ARAFMI Illawarra provides carers of patients in hospital the opportunity to engage in support and advocacy.

Our Day Programs

South Coast Private Hospital provides five day programs and more for day patients who have been impacted by depression or anxiety in their lives:

Introduction to Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety Management Masterclass
Depression Management Masterclass
Staying Well
Healthy Minds
Dealing with Distress (DBT)
Addictive Disorders
Psychological Injury

All of our day programs are developed from evidence based therapies. Proven to be effective in treating anxiety and depression, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps people change unhelpful or unhealthy thinking habits,feelings and behaviours. Each day program is facilitated by one of our experienced
psychologists, who are skilled in working with each day patient individually within the group structure, assessing their needs and supporting them through their journey. Referrals to these programs are either via a GP or
treating psychiatrist.

Introduction to Mood and Anxiety Disorders Day Program

This introductory program for mood and anxiety disorders is a prerequisite for the Anxiety Management Masterclass and Depression Management Masterclass programs. It provides patients education about the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model by specifically identifying how thoughts, feelings and behaviours interact to perpetuate mood and anxiety disorders. This program supports patients beginning to manage their symptoms through the practical application of techniques and skills. It prepares patients to transition into one of our advanced day programs for Anxiety Management or Depression Management.

Anxiety Management Masterclass

This six week program specifically treats anxiety disorders. Participants develop an understanding of the fear response and examine ways that anxiety affects daily life. Participants are taught how to challenge the negative thoughts that maintain their symptoms of anxiety and engage in behavioural tasks to manage problematic avoidance. Each session includes relaxation strategies designed to help participants manage the distress that occurs with anxiety.

Depression Management Masterclass Day Program

This six week program teaches management strategies designed to treat depression. Participants examine the effects of inactivity in perpetuating depression and practice behavioural activation strategies. Participants are also supported through a process of self discovery to identify their core
beliefs and challenge negative thoughts that decrease their mood. This course includes additional techniques such as relaxation strategies and problem solving techniques.

Staying Well Day Program

This program is designed for patients who are in recovery from a recent episode of depression and/or anxiety. It is designed to offer patients holistic support in their recovery, and provide them with psychoeducation, skills and strategies to manage their recovery, to flourish and stay well. The program is structured to be delivered by a multidisciplinary team and includes a weekly psychoeducation topic and relaxation with a psychologist, a one hour talk from a psychiatrist, a light exercise session with our exercise physiologist and an art therapy session with our art therapist.

Healthy Minds Day Program

This program is designed for older adults who wish to improve their mental health and enhance well-being. Participants focus on age related issues including maintaining a healthy mind and creating a healthy balanced lifestyle through mental and physical activities. This program involves South Coast Private Hospital’s multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists,
art therapy and exercise physiology trained healthcare professionals. This team incorporates a range of therapeutic techniques to treat the causes of depression and anxiety, as well as teaching ways to cope with the physical and mental changes that come with ageing.

Dealing with Distress (DBT)

Individuals who have intense, unstable moods, relationship difficulties, and self harming behaviours. It is suitable for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex PTSD and severe Mood or Anxiety Disorders. This semi-open group day program is designed for people who are experiencing difficulties in emotion regulation, impulsivity, frequent interpersonal conflict and poor coping in stressful situations. This program offers an introduction to Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to develop skills of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance.

Addictive Disorders

This is an open group evening program for people who are in recovery from substance or addictive disorders. It is designed to offer strategies to monitor cravings, look after their well-being, set goals and implement changes while working towards relapse prevention. This is for people who want to learn and expand their knowledge and skills towards recovery in a supportive atmosphere.

Psychological Injury

This program is a twelve week program for individuals who have experienced a workplace accident, including bullying and harassment, or who have experienced trauma as an adult and who may have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adjustment Disorder or mood and anxiety disorders. Sessions implement skills and techniques to help manage the effects of living with a psychological injury more effectively.


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