Telepsychiatry at the University of Toronto
…a wonder service…
My patient is most pleased with the telehealth process as it is less stressful than having to travel.
…This service is of great benefit to Northern Ontario patients as there is a lack of psychiatrists…Our clinic has found your service valuable to our patients.
An invaluable service to the residents of our region. The wait time in our area for a non-emergency psychiatric consultation is 9 to18 months. Our patients have been very satisfied with the service received from your program. Consultation reports from the psychiatrists have been beneficial in the continuing care of our patients. Thank you.
A significant aspect of the Departmental strategic planning process is to address mental health needs in Toronto and across the entire province. Telehealth offers innovative ways to increase equitable access to mental health services. There are telehealth programs across the department’s teaching hospital sites, which deliver best-practices in mental health care through community partnerships across Ontario and beyond.
Our new departmental steering committee aims to:
- share and build expertise in this developing clinical area;
- to create new clinical and research partnerships;
- and, to provide enhanced educational opportunities for trainees in the Department of Psychiatry, interprofessional learners, and community partners.
All sites encourage Medical Students and Psychiatry Residents to participate in their clinical and educational programs. Learners from other disciplines are also welcome to contact us regarding potential opportunities. Below is a summary of telepsychiatry program across the department, along with their area of focus, and a primary contact:
|Telepsychiatry Site||Area of Focus||Contact|
|Baycrest Telepsychiatry Service||Geriatric psychiatry consultation and tele-education to a North Western Ontario Psychogeriatric Outreach Team||Dr. David Conn
|Bridgepoint Health||Weekly geriatric psychiatry consultation and support to Senior’s Mental Health and Behaviour Support Ontario in Sault St. Marie and surrounding areas.||Dr. Mark Lachmann
Administrative Support Sault Area Hospital
|General Adult PsychiatrySpecialty areas include Addictions, Aboriginal Mental Health, Mood Disorders, Law and Mental Health, Geriatrics, etc.||Ms. Rowena Figueredo, Manager
416-535-8501 ext: 4484
|Ontario Shores||Specialized Mental Health Care – areas include Aboriginal Mental Health, Children and Adolescent Virtual Emergency Services, Law and Mental Health, Geriatrics, PROMPT General Psychiatry Urgent Care Clinic.||Dr. Ian Dawe
Ms. Ann Kidd
|Mount Sinai Hospital||Monthly Geriatric psychiatry consultation to North Bay Seniors Mental Health Program Psychological trauma consultation (occasional)||Dr. Lesley Wisenfeld
|North York General||Telepsychiatry consultations to Muskoka Parry Sound Mental Health ServicesSupport to the crisis team, first episode clinic, ACT team, legal team, addictions, and trauma teams||Dr. Stephen Gelber
|SickKidsTele-link Mental Health Program||Psychiatric consultation, program development and education in child and adolescent mental health.Specialty areas include: Forensics; Eating Disorders; ADHD; Trauma; Fire Setting; Attachment and Anxiety||Mr. David Willis
Clinical Program Manager
|St. Michael’s Hospital||Medical Psychiatry Consultation service||Dr. Adriana Carvalhal
|Sunnybrook||Telepsychiatry service is under development and will be providing general psychiatry assessments, and mood disorder assessments||Ms. Carol Gordon
|UHN||Bariatric surgery consultation Consult Liaison||TBA|