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. See our brochure below for locations.
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 services include family and individual therapy, group programs for children and for parents/carers, and information for parents/carers.
We specialise in:
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
CAMHS Review 2014/2015
CAMHS service underwent a review of our service in late 2014 by an independent external review team made up of experts from various professions as well as a consumer and carer. More information about this will be provided by the beginning of June 2015.
2014 Consumer & Carer Satisfaction Survey
The report provides you with the results and recommendations for the Division. The next survey will be undertaken in October 2014.