New Women's Clinic at Ontario Shores

July 07, 2010

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) has opened the first clinic in Durham Region that provides specialized consultation and treatment to women who suffer from a combination of mental health and women’s health issues.

The Outpatient Women’s Consultation Service provides support up to one year to women diagnosed with post-partum depression, post-partum psychosis or those with a serious mental illness who require support with family planning, pregnancy, child-rearing, premenstrual syndrome, menopause or medication induced hormonal changes.

“It’s a unique service within the community,” says Dr. Aga Kevorkian, Psychiatrist, Outpatients and Integrated Community Access Program at Ontario Shores. “Through research and patient feedback, a gap was identified in these particular women’s services, and we began talking about a clinic that would address those specialized needs.”

Women refer themselves to the clinic with support from a general practitioner in the community. Once accepted, patients meet with the treatment team, which includes a psychiatrist, nurse and social worker, and together they outline the issues and develop an individualized recovery plan. The clinic team is flexible, recovery-focused and guides the patient in setting her own terms of treatment.

“I liked the holistic approach to care with the nurse, social worker and psychiatrist,” says Dorothy, a clinic patient. “Everything was explained thoroughly and I was reassured I would be taken care of. If something happened I had their help and support.”

Many women recovering from mental illness become mothers, and the clinic staff work collaboratively with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to ensure these women receive enhanced care with maintaining their health during and after pregnancy, developing parenting strategies and coping with a newborn.

“Through this clinic, women now have access to specialized, recovery-focused care that is tailored to meet their individualized needs,” says Sheila Neuburger, Vice-President, Clinical Services at Ontario Shores. “We look forward to expanding this service to further improve access to care and support mental health in the community."

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001