Outpatient care consists of scheduled appointments that a person attends while they continue to reside in their usual home. Your loved one will still receive care from their psychologist or psychiatrist so it is helpful to think of outpatient care as an add-on to usual care.

Most outpatient care programs feature group therapy rather than being a one-on-one style of treatment. The duration of outpatient programs varies from three to 12 months depending on the individual and their needs.

Increasingly, outpatient clinics are offering telehealth which means if you are based in a regional area, your loved one can access specialised treatment without needing to travel.


Many outpatient providers have tailored their services to suit the unique nature of emergency work and the challenges it presents for mental health and wellbeing. Treatment is available for specific issues like alcohol or drug addiction, anger management and trauma.