Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Information on this page will hopefully be useful for a number of services.
Welcome to the Division of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) page for GPs and other medical specialists who work with CAMHS services, such as Paediatricians. This page has been set up in collaboration between the Division of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Women's and Children's Health Network
If you wish to make a referral to CAMHS you can do so by contacting the nearest CAMHS Service (see brochures below for contact details). The referral process to CAMHS is the same as any other medical speciality with the exception that in addition to your referral, we require the parents/guardians to have consented to the referral so that they or we can initiate contact to activate the referral.
Contact Details and Service Locations:
CAMHS Metropolitan Brochure - this brochure outlines our service and the locations where service can be provided.
CAMHS Country Brochure - this brochure outlines our service and locations in the country areas of South Australia.
Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Referral Form for Helen Mayo House for GP's and Mental Health Services.
Further information about Helen Mayo House and the referral process can be found by clicking here.
The CAMHS Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Team have been involved in developing the Perinatal Practice Guidelines. There is a specific section on perinatal mental health issues. It can be found at this link http://www.health.sa.gov.au/ppg/Default.aspx?tabid=35. Section 8 provides information on the guidelines for managing clients with these issues. Dr Anne Sved Williams, Medical Unit Head of Helen Mayo House has been the lead in the development of these guidelines.
All CAMHS Units offer half day attachments. The aim of the attachments is to provide you with an orientation to a CAMHS service of your choosing. Attachments are available across the full continuum of care from inpatient services, day patient programmes, to community and country services. Please contact Pauline McEntee on Ph: 8161 7198 for further information about attachments within the CAMHS at the Women's and Children's Health Network.
GPs can now be involved in case conferencing and be paid for that involvement through the Enhanced Primary Care Programme (EPC). Case Conferencing is a specific item number. GPs can be paid for a case conference for every inpatient discharge and up to five case conferences per year for community sessions. Pro-formas and other resources for GPs are also available for downloading. Two checklists will also assist you depending on whether you are arranging a community or hospital discharge case conference. The Division of Mental Health would be pleased to be involved in working with GPs to develop Enhanced Primary Health Care Plans for appropriate patients.
HeadStart - training in child and adolescent mental health for GPs