Service expansion delivering better mental health outcomes for young Canberrans

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Consultation and Liaison Service at Canberra Hospital will expand to provide services 7 days per week.

“The service can now provide specialist mental health assessments on weekends to young people aged 5 – 18 years who are already admitted to the paediatric ward or who present to the emergency department,” Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said.

“Children and adolescents were previously seen within the adult mental health service on weekends. This extension of service hours will ensure assessments are conducted by a CAMHS clinician, are child focused and enable appropriate services and referrals regardless of what day young people are admitted.

“CAMHS clinicians also work closely with families and carers to provide information and advice to help them support young family members and people in their care.

“Expanding the liaison service will deliver better mental health outcomes for young Canberrans and their families. We know that working with young people and their families at the earliest possible opportunity can make a significant difference to their overall mental health.

“This latest action delivers on part of the Government’s $3 million commitment towards youth-focused mental health initiatives that better support those in need.

“Supporting the mental health of young people in our community is a priority for this government. We are enhancing our systems to provide effective services when and where they are needed most.”