Inpatient mental health services

Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Service (FHMHS) adult and older adult inpatient units provide short-term treatment to people during an acute phase of mental illness.

Mental health inpatients are admitted to a ward under the care of a consultant psychiatrist who is part of a broader multidisciplinary treating team. Our services are responsive to the individual needs of mental health consumers and include a range of therapeutic interventions focusing on the patient’s strengths, skills and goals to support their recovery.

Our mental health wards:
  • provide a safe, supportive environment where you can recover
  • give you a chance to re-establish control and responsibility in a supportive setting
  • allow staff to assess your risks, wellness, and how treatment works for you.

There are four mental health wards at Fremantle Hospital:

  • Waalitj (Ward 4.1) – Psychiatric intensive care unit
  • Maali (Ward 4.2) – Adult open ward
  • Wardong (Ward 4.3) – Older adult ward
  • Djiti djiti (Ward 5.1) – Adult open ward

If you speak a language other than English, an interpreter will be provided either face-to-face or via telephone.

How to access our services

Referrals from health professionals

Health professionals can arrange access to the inpatient mental health service via:

  • contacting Assessment and Treatment Team (ATT) Triage Team
  • Community Treatment Teams placing patient details on the Electronic Bed Management (EBM) system
  • Emergency Department or other mental health services placing patient details on EBM
  • teams will liaise with the inpatient ward and consultant psychiatrist has to accept
  • the patient presenting to ATT Triage, which then places the patient’s details on EBM.

Community Treatment Teams will liaise with the inpatient ward and the consultant psychiatrist must accept the admission.


People who present to the mental health service without a referral and who are acutely unwell will be triaged by ATT before being treated or referred to other services.

Support for carers

Carers have the main responsibility for care when service providers are not there. They are frequently responsible for providing care to consumers who are acutely unwell.

The mental health service actively partners with carers to make sure that their family member or friend receives the best possible care.

Read more in our Information for carers guide (PDF 1.2MB).

The mental health service ensures that carers and the essential role they play is identified at first contact, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Relevant information brochures for family, friends and consumers are also provided in the inpatient areas.

Emergency contacts

In an emergency or crisis please dial 000 (triple zero) or visit your nearest emergency department.

Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)

Metro callers phone 1300 555 788 (local call)
Peel callers phone 1800 676 822 (free call)

Lifeline WA

131 114
24 hours a day / 7 day a week service

Find more mental health emergency service providers (Healthy WA)

Contact us

Location: W Block, Cnr Alma Street and Hampton Rd, Fremantle
Phone: 9431 3555
Fax: 9431 3479

Operating hours

24 hours a day

Visiting hours


Weekends and public holidays

Please talk to our staff if you wish to visit outside of these hours.


Find information on mental health conditions and living with these conditions (Healthy WA)

Link to Healthy WA – health info for your family.