Spectrum is a statewide service in Victoria that supports and works with local Area Mental Health Services to provide treatment for people with personality disorder. Spectrum focuses on those who are at risk from serious self-harm or suicide and who have particularly complex needs.


From 2015 Spectrum will continue to receive referrals for clients between the age of 16 to 64 for direct clinical treatment from Area Mental Health Service Clinicians, a limited range of services can now be accessed by a GP’s or Private Psychiatrists in Victoria. Please see main menu for more information or click here for PDF document.

** Please note: Due to the large volume of GP referrals under medicare, we now have a wait list of several months from the time of the referral for GP assessments.**

Breaking News

Learning about Borderline Personality Disorder:

A workshop for friends and families

Wednesday 24 August, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Presenters: Rita Brown & Peter Fairbanks

This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about border line personality disorder and explore common questions. We will cover topics including understanding BPD, working with the system, how to communicate with the person with BPD, and looking after yourself.

Registration &/or enquiries to training co-ordinator at Spectrum, ph (03) 8413 8425

Please note this workshop is for families and friends not for workers

Click here for more info

October 2015: A Guide to Accessing Services for BPD in Victoria

2015 Professional Development Training Calendar now available. See links at the bottom of this page.


Spectrum's highly regarded book 'Borderline Personality Disorder - Towards Effective Treatment' is now on sale. Normally selling for $95, we are currently offering this textbook for $55.

"This book unveils the shroud of misunderstanding that exsits around this disorder and points the way towards working constructively and effectively with this patient group"
Richard Newton, past Chair, Fellowships Attainment Committee, RANZCP.

Click here for more info.

Other News

NHMRC 2012 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder

On 15 March 2013 the National Health and Medical Research Council launched Australia’s first ever Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder. The guideline seeks to improve understanding and recognition of BPD in health services and the community and will assist health professionals to diagnose, treat and manage BPD in adolescents and adults.

Read more here.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders - DSM-V

The long-awaited revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) was launched in May 2013. Very little has changed with respect to personality disorder. The DSM-V keeps the same 10 personality disorders as were described in DSM-IV. The major change in this edition is a move away from multi-axial diagnoses.

Read more here.


**New Specialist Support Groups For BPD Families

NEA.BPDAust has introduced the evidence based Family Connections Programme designed to support family members and help them understand the disorder and the chaos that often exists; or the impact of the illness on their relative or themselves; and to teach skills to improve the quality of their lives.

Family Connections is a12-week, manualised, free, community based programme run by Australian clinicians and family members who have received specialist Leader training.  Specifically it provides information on the latest research, coping skills (drawn from DBT), and support.

Co-developed and maintained by Professor Alan Fruzzetti and Dr Perry Hoffman, the programme has been running in the US for over a decade and has over a 1,000 families on its waiting list. 
Three research studies point to its effectiveness in significantly reducing family member experience of burden, grief and depression and significantly improving family member experience of mastery and empowerment.

The Australian Family Connections Programme is now available in Melbourne and areas of regional Victoria.  Families in Peth and Adelaide will be able to access the programme from July this year.  Additional information and registration for the programme can be found in the ‘For Families’ section of the NEA.BPDAust website at http://www.bpdaustralia.com

A recent graduate the programme said, ‘I left the programme with the ability to generate within myself a sense of peace, and a sense of hope – invaluable



Wise Choices - Acceptance and committment therapy groups for people with borderline personality disorderWise Choices: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Groups for people with Borderline Personality Disorder (Morton & Shaw, 2012) is a group treatment manual for borderline personality disorder which is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The manual includes a CD with electronic copies of 70 participant handouts. 

"This volume provides a new and exciting direction for the treatment of those who suffer with borderline personality disorder."
Professor Steven Hayes


Borderline Personality Disorder - Towards Effective Treatment (Beatson, Rao & Watson, 2010) is a comprehensive text on borderline personality disorder for health professionals. It provides an overview of aetiology, treatment and service system issues.

"This book provides a well-presented synthesis of current best practice."
Dr Cris Mileshkin


Learn more about our publications.


Note: for registrations in Family Workshops, use the registration form attached to workshop page by clicking here.