Many young people experience mental health issues. The majority of young mental health clients are seen in our community based clinics; however some young people need more intensive support.

Princess Margaret's Hospital's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provides a range of specialist mental health services for young people including:

  • crisis intervention
  • mental health assessment
  • medical and psychological treatment
  • inpatient treatment
  • day programs
  • training, education and support for families.

PMH CAMHS is staffed by a multidisciplinary group of health professionals including doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, mental health nurses, youth workers, social workers and a specialised Aboriginal mental health worker.

PMH CAMHS currently incorporates five program areas:

  • Bentley Adolescent Unit (BAU)
  • Urgent mental health telephone support line (1800 048 636)
  • Eating Disorders Program (EDP)
  • Paediatric Consultation Liaison (PCL)
  • Gender Diversity Service (GDS)
  • Ward 5A at Perth Children's Hospital (once opened).

Bentley Adolescent Unit
Bentley Adolescent Unit (BAU) is a 19-bed ward at Bentley Health Campus which provides a statewide specialised service for young people aged under 16 with severe mental health conditions.

BAU offers assessment, diagnostic services and treatment programs. Both voluntary and involuntary patients may be admitted to the BAU.

The BAU provides the following services:

  • mental health assessment
  • medical and psychiatric treatment
  • psychological interventions
  • education for personal self-improvement
  • training, education and support for families.

Young people usually come into the BAU by transfer from another service such as an emergency department, a service in the community, Princess Margaret Hospital or through a booked admission.

The service is staffed by health professionals including mental health nurses, psychiatrists, medical staff, peer support workers, youth workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and school teachers who support the patient's schooling.

Phone: 9416 3689
Urgent Mental Health Telephone Support Line

The urgent mental health telephone support line provides telephone support for children and their families. The service is accessible state-wide, 24 hours a day (in collaboration with the Mental Health Emergency Response Line) and includes brief assessment of mental health risk and signposting to the most appropriate service, depending on need.

Phone: 1800 048 636

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Eating Disorders Program
The Eating Disorders Program provides outpatient, day treatment and inpatient management of children and adolescents with eating disorders.

Services provided by the multidisciplinary team include:

  • Comprehensive assessment and diagnosis
  • Case management
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Medical care
  • Body awareness therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • School liaison. 
The team also provides education and training for parents, community, schools and health professionals across the state and has an active research program.

Phone: 9340 7012

Paediatric Consultation Liaison

Paediatric Consultation Liaison (PCL) is a multidisciplinary team that engages with children and adolescents who are current, ongoing or regular PMH patients, and have mental health issues related to their medical conditions or central to their treatment plan.

Support from PCL can reduce psychological distress for young people and their carers, address problems related to treatment engagement, lead to shorter hospital stays and fewer medical appointments, and increase overall satisfaction with hospital care.

Inpatient and outpatient referrals (for patients aged up to 18) are accepted from the medical and surgical consultants of the hospital. Each referral is allocated to a health professional in the PCL team who makes an initial assessment.

Where needed, team members work with the patient and their family to form an agreed treatment plan. The PCL generally provides patients with short-term assistance (up to six months). PCL team members may also refer the patient to other services which better meet the patient's needs.

PCL operates Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm.

The team is made up of:

  • consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • psychiatric and paediatric registrars
  • clinical psychologists including consultant and senior clinical psychologists
  • an inpatient liaison nurse specialist
  • community mental health nurse specialists
  • a clinical neuropsychologist.

Phone: 9340 7030

Gender Diversity Service
The Gender Diversity Service (GDS) offers a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment, care and treatment of gender diversity. GDS provides support to children and their families seeking:
  • information about gender identity in childhood and adolescence
  • guidance and support
  • consultation and assessment
  • assessment and approval for medical intervention for the treatment of teenagers, where appropriate.

Phone: 9340 7030