There is overwhelming evidence that depot (injectable) antipsychotics reduce the rates of relapse and hospitalisations for those that have schizophrenia. The Shrink Company runs specialized Depot Clinics with a focus on relapse prevention, rehabilitation and quality of life. We operate a unique Clinic – the only one in Northern Rivers and Gold Coast. We are proud of what we do for the community.
Depot medications are injectable medications that take the place (in most cases) of traditional oral medications. They typically last between 2 to 4 weeks, which makes administrating medications more reliable and reduces the incidence of accidental or intentional non-compliance. Patients are case-managed by a Psychiatrist, a Mental Health Nurse, and a Psychologist or Occupational Therapist as part of their ongoing management. Individual goals are established and part of the recovery journey involves achieving those goals, on both short and long term basis. Patients are seen, as a minimum, on a monthly basis, with their Depot medications administered at the clinic. This prevents the need for patients to be involved in, or attend, public mental health facilities.
We are experienced and use all currently available Depot medications including Risperdal Consta, Invega Sustenna, Clopixol, Fluanxol, Zyprexa Relprevv and Abilify Maintena. We also run a specialised Relprevv Clinic in our Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah locations.
We have a well-established structure for Depot in the community with specialist support systems in place. We run Depot Clinics in all our locations. We accept referrals and transfers from all sources including public mental health services.