Masada Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Residential Program

Early Parenting Centre Residential Program

On arrival you and your infant will be admitted to the Early Parenting Centre under the care of an experienced General Practitioner who will be available throughout your stay. In addition Psychologists and Paediatricians are available if required on a consultancy basis. You will be cared for by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals including specialist nurses.
On admission your health and your infant’s health will be assessed. Our team will work with you to establish an individualised program to address your presenting difficulties, including an age appropriate routine for daily care for your infant. We are flexible, recognising that your program will need review and you and your partner/carer will have ongoing support from our team.
The specialist nurses at the Early Parenting Centre will teach sleep and settling skills using techniques appropriate for infants and toddlers up to 2 years of age. Responsive settling is a gentle approach to interpreting your infant’s cries/grizzles and responding to these accordingly to support them in learning the art of drifting off to sleep independently. We work in partnership with you in finding the best way for you and your infant, based on what you are comfortable with, to achieve your goals. This process may vary in length of time, as all infants are unique and individual in their needs.
During your stay there will be regular group sessions in which all admitted parents are expected to participate. These group programs will focus on infant development, parenthood, sleep and settling and will provide you with plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
The importance of the family unit is recognised by the provision of a Partners and Carers Group. Partners and Carers for your infant are encouraged to attend this Group. Our team will provide you with information about this program on your admission. We also welcome Partners/Carers throughout the week to learn settling techniques and routines.

There are two Residential Programs each week:

5 days, 4 nights (admission Monday mornings)

4 days, 3 nights (admission Friday mornings)

The individual needs of you, your infant and your family unit will determine the most appropriate program to achieve positive change for your family.

There is an expectation you will stay for the duration of your program, unless you or your infant become unwell and need to be discharged to re-attend when well.

A referral from a Medical Practitioner is required for admission to the Program.

EPC Medical Referral

Please e-mail your referral to EPCBookings.msp@ramsayhealth.com.au and our Bookings Nurse will contact you.

You may contact the Early Parenting Centre directly during business hours to discuss the program and your suitability.

T: (03) 9038 1415

E: EPC.msp@ramsayhealth.com.au

Following receipt of your EPC Medical Referral, EPC Pre-Admission Assessment form, and Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale our Booking Coordinator will contact you to make an appointment for a telephone discussion for your Pre-Admission Assessment and give you an estimated admission date.

It is important that you adhere to the appointment time for your Pre-Admission Assessment as a specific staff member is allocated for your interview and admission.

Your Pre-Admission Assessment will usually take place 7-14 days prior to your admission date. At your Pre-Admission Assessment goals and expectations will be discussed so that an individual and realistic plan of management can be established for you and your infant. The program most appropriate for your needs will be determined after the Assessment interview and is based on Medical Referral and strict admission criteria.

If you or your infant becomes unwell a new admission date will be organised.

  • Check your private health insurance to ensure you are covered under your policy
  • Discuss with your partner/carer their involvement in the program
  • Keep in touch with your General Practitioner and Maternal Child Health Nurse
  • Whilst waiting utilise friends and relatives for support if available

Admission times are staggered throughout the day. You will receive your admission time during your Pre-Admission Assessment.

Payment of account must be made on admission. VISA, EFTPOS, MasterCard, Bankcard, cheque or cash are accepted.

On arrival at Masada Private Hospital please report to Main Reception where you will be guided to the Early Parenting Centre.

Your admitting nurse will complete your clinical admission, orientate you to the Centre and introduce you to Early Parenting Centre staff members. You will also be seen by your admitting General Practitioner on this day.

Group Programs commence on the day of admission and your admitting nurse will run through the program with you.

Early Parenting Centre visiting hours are between 4.00pm and 8.00pm; Partners/Carers may visit anytime.

Discharge time is 8.00am.

The multidisciplinary team caring for you and your infant meet to review and discuss your progress and goals achieved. Planning for further ongoing support may be necessary for individuals and recommendation and referral will be given if required.

Our staff will contact you four weeks after your discharge to check on your progress and to offer support and guidance. It is recommended you visit your General Practitioner and Maternal Child Health Nurse for further advice appropriate to your infant’s age.