Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Program

USpace, St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney

Uspace OCD Program

Uspace OCD Program is a specialised inpatient program designed to aid young people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to more effectively manage their symptoms. 

The OCD Program is an early intervention service that provides gold-standard treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, a mental disorder that is known to be under-diagnosed and under-treated. Therefore, we are pleased to offer this program which makes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) more accessible to young people across Australia. 

The Uspace OCD Program has been developed in conjunction with international OCD-expert Professor Vlasios (Bill) Brakoulias to be delivered by an experienced multidisciplinary team of consultant psychiatrists, allied health professionals and mental health nurses. 


 Dr Gary Galambos and Research Coordinator Dr Mikaela Tracy examine the magnetic coil used in MRI-guided TMS for OCD.

The inpatient program runs on an on-going basis through the year and involves an admission for 1-3 weeks. 


The Uspace OCD Program offers the gold-standard treatment for OCD:

  • Psychiatric assessment, diagnostic clarification, medication review and specialist management of co-existing disorders. 
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy. 
  • Education Sessions for Families with Consultant Psychiatrist Prof Brakoulias.  

We are delighted to also offer a number of innovative OCD-specific interventions, some of which are being developed at Uspace:

  • MRI-Guided Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) via our strategic partner VisionTMS 
  • Mindfulness-Based Scent-enabled Virtual Reality (VR) and VR Exposure Therapy
  • Mental health literacy training about OCD using MindSkiller developed by Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Gary Galambos (Uspace Medical Director). 


Uspace Translational Research Program

As a part of our commitment to providing quality clinical care for young people with OCD, Uspace is actively engaged in translational research with the ultimate goal of bringing scientific discoveries more quickly and efficiently into practice for the benefit of patients. This means that its OCD Program includes the researching of innovative interventions such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and the development and co-design of exclusive VR Exposure Therapy software. 


Uspace is grateful for the support of St Vincent’s Clinic Research Foundation and St Vincent’s Curran Foundation for supporting its ongoing research into improving the assessment and treatment of OCD for young people. 


How do I start the program?

To be considered for Uspace’s OCD Program, you must: 

  • Be between 16 and 25 years old
  • Have a suspected (or formal) diagnosis of OCD as determined by a health professional
  • Be able to actively participate in a group setting. 
  • Have adequate comprehension and literacy skills 
  • Be capable of consenting to the Uspace treatment agreement 

If you have a referral to the OCD Program or have related queries, please contact Uspace’s administration via email: uspace@svha.org.au or phone: 02 8382 9770. 


A referral letter from your GP or Psychiatrist should be faxed to Uspace’s triage service: (02) 8382 9771.


Prior to arranging an inpatient admission, a clinician will review the suitability of Uspace’s OCD Program in light of your specific needs. 

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