PCH Mental Health

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.

Perth Children's Hospital's Mental Health inpatient ward 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.

It 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.

PCH Mental Health service currently incorporates five program areas:

  • 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.

Mental Health inpatient unit
The Mental Health Inpatient Unit on Ward 5A at PCH is the state-wide assessment and treatment facility for children and young people up to 16 years old with complex and acute mental health issues.

Ward 5A is a recovery focused patient and family centred service. It offers a seven-day multidisciplinary program in a safe environment for voluntary and involuntary patients as authorised under the Mental Health Act (2014).

Our clinicians aim to empower families to participate in their child’s treatment and assist their recovery by providing information, education and support.

The unit offers short term assessment, brief intervention and therapeutic group programs, depending on your child’s needs. We also work closely with agencies in the community, from the time your child is admitted until they are discharged, to ensure their care is consistent and can be maintained when they return home.

Ward 5A has a total of 20 beds and is divided into two sections:

  • A 14-bed acute section for children and adolescents who require a higher level of assessment, monitoring and treatment
  • A low-acuity section with 6 beds for those who require less support and supervision during their treatment and recovery.
  • The service is staffed by experienced mental health professionals including nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, an aboriginal liaison officer and education staff.

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

Learn more about urgent mental health telephone support (‚ÄčPDF 129KB)

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: 6456 2222

Paediatric Consultation Liaison

Paediatric Consultation Liaison (PCL) is a multidisciplinary team that engages with children and adolescents who are current, ongoing or regular PCH 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: 6456 2222

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: 6456 0202