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
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.
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.