Division of Mental Health

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)


CAMHS is a free community-based mental health service provided through SA Health’s Women’s and Children’s Health Network. We provide mental health services to infants, children, adolescents and perinatal women. Services are provided across South Australia. CAMHS brochure for locations and contact details

Our Staff

CAMHS teams have a range of experienced professional and administrative staff which may include social workers, psychologists, nurses, psychiatrists, speech pathologists, Aboriginal consultants and occupational therapists.

Our Goals

  • To work in partnership with our clients, families and where appropriate, other agencies including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities as well as GP’s and schools.

  • To provide confidential therapeutic services for those who are having mental health related difficulties in emotional, behavioural and/or social areas of their lives.


Our Services

Our services include family and individual therapy, group programs for children and for parents/carers, and information for parents/carers.

We specialise in:

  • Emotional issues – anxiety, fears or worries, feelings of sadness and depression, low self-worth, grief and loss, self-harming, suicidal thinking, mood changes, attachment, school refusal and/or abuse.

  • Behavioural issues – aggression, destructiveness, disruptiveness and/or distractibility.

  • Social issues – social withdrawal, family conflict, and social isolation and/or friendship problems.

  • Mental illness – confused or delusional thinking and/or hallucinations.

The time to contact CAMHS is when the young person and/or their family have talked with close friends or relatives, or to the school counsellor, or to their local doctor and the situation does not seem to be improving.

Our Referral Process

Anyone can ring to talk to the CAMHS duty worker about a referral to the service, eg, young person, parents, school counsellors, doctors, other agencies, professionals or community services.

Receiving a service from CAMHS is voluntary and the client will need to agree to the service being provided. In addition, if the client is under 16 years of age, consent from the legal guardian is required prior to the service being provided.

Advocacy and Support Services


The WCHN has developed an Advocacy and Support Services document to assist you and others in finding other services who may be able to provide you support or assistance. We are continuously endeavouring to build on the information contained in this document. It is a work in progress that will be updated as new and approved information becomes available.

Click here for access to the document “Advocacy and Support Services” – updated January 2015


Information about clients’ rights and responsibilities, and about how we manage personal information, will be sent before the first appointment. If you have any questions about this information, about CAMHS and how we work, or any other things you want to know, you can ring the CAMHS worker you’re booked in to see, or ask at the first appointment.

Contact Details and Service Locations:

Services are provided in various locations across South Australia. Please see the pamphlet below for locations


Useful Websites and Apps

Review SA CAMHS - 2014/2015

A comprehensive, independent review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in South Australia was undertaken in late 2014. Commissioned by SA Health, the review provided the opportunity to ensure integrated, safe and responsive child and mental health services are provided into the future.

The Review SA Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services focused on the governance, structures, partnerships and systems required for a contemporary mental health service.

The report includes 46 recommendations that will transform the way the service delivers mental health services to children, young people, perinatal woman and families across South Australia.

Input from a range of CAMHS staff, consumers, carers and stakeholders has been a significant part of the review process.

The recommendations are currently being implemented as part of a carefully planned and implemented change management strategy.

The transformation of our CAMHS service is a two-year project due for completion at the beginning of 2017. It will continue to be informed by feedback and our continuing engagement with staff, service providers and partners and consumers.

CAMHS Implementation Plan Update October 2015

A considerable amount of work has been done towards the implementation of the CAMHS Review recommendations.  This update provides the latest information on what we have achieved so far and what we are currently working on. The transformation of CAMHS is a two-year project.  It will continue to be informed by feedback and ongoing engagement with staff, service providers, partners and consumers.  

Please continue to provide your support and feedback to the transformation process. Copy of Implementation Plan Update - October 2015

Link to more information:    2014 Review SA Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services


2014 Consumer & Carer Satisfaction Survey

The report provides you with the results and recommendations for the Division.

Contact Details:

Liz Prowse

Women's and Children's Health Network
72 King William Road, North Adelaide
South Australia 5006

+618 8161 7198

+618 8161 7371



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