ECCL service is led by Julia Segal, Nurse Practitioner and supported by an experienced and diverse group of Consultant Psychiatrists.
The core function of our Consultation Liaison service is to offer timely and specialised assessment and management of general medical patients at the bedside. Patients may have pre-existing mental health concerns or may be experiencing symptoms related to mental health for the first time. The service will provide feedback and support to the referring physician and ward nurses in the management of any symptoms, behaviours, medication commencement and management during a patient stay. The service will support where clinically appropriate and indicated, the transfer of care to Epworth Clinic Mental Health Service in Camberwell or community linkages and discharge planning where needed.
Julia Segal – Nurse Practitioner
Consultant Liaison Stream Leader
Julia has been a nurse for almost twenty years and has practiced in America and Australia, working in trauma, forensics and general nursing. She has a Master of Mental Health Nursing and a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner).
Julia joined Epworth as a nurse unit manager in our acute mental health inpatient unit and during this time led a number of quality improvement projects, including medication management, risk and suicide management and eating disorders.
Since taking on the inaugural role as stream leader of Epworth Clinic’s Consultant Liaison Psychiatry service, Julia has provided specialist clinical mental health assessment, management and support to Epworth acute hospitals.
Julia’s role works alongside acute physicians, nurses and allied health to provide assessments and management of patients with co-morbid psychiatric illness or symptoms. Her approach to mental health care is patient-centred and recovery-focused, ensuring each person is treated with dignity and respect.