Mental Health Services


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a Hunter region provider for mental health services for identified young people (0-17 years) in the public sector. The service provides assessment and treatment of children and their families where a child is exhibiting, is suspected of having, or is at risk of developing emotional and psychological problems.

CAMHS provides a range of specialist mental health services in both community and inpatient settings across Hunter New England to infants, children, young people, their families and carers with a view to optimising mental health outcomes.

In addition, CAMHS provides a range of prevention, promotion and early intervention activities that aim to increase awareness of mental health issues for children and young people. CAMHS also aims to improve early detection and intervention in the development of mental illness and to actively promote mental health and wellbeing.

Wiyiliin Ta provides assessments of emotional wellbeing issues for children and adolescents from an Aboriginal background. Staff work in close partnership with Awabakal Medical Centre.

If you would like to know what services are provided and how to make a referral, visit our Services and Referrals page.

Contact details

The staff at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service will make contact with families following a referral from the Mental Health Contact Line.

Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511


(02)49 257800

Lake Macquarie   

(02)49 049100

Hunter Valley       

(02)49 392449

Operating Hours 
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

This is a free service




The NSW School-Link Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NSW Health and the Department of Education. School-Link Coordinators work with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the Department of Education to improve the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of children and young people.

Hunter New England Local Health District has three School-Link Coordinators located at:

  • Tamworth
  • Taree
  • Newcastle

School-Link Coordinators work collaboratively with schools to provide:

  • Advice and implementation of evidence-informed mental health and wellbeing programs
  • Guidance in collaborative care planning
  • Psychoeducation for staff
  • Links to local services
  • Support in implementing suicide postvention guidelines

School-Link Coordinators also work alongside the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service to provide:

  • Assistance in devising school-based support for children and young people
  • Consultation around school contexts
  • Specialist support for transitions between educational and health settings


Visit our Mental Health Resources page to find fact sheets, information on school programs, training, services and webinars.


School Link


Got It! - Getting on Track in Time Program

Getting on Track in Time (Got It!) is an evidenced-based, early intervention mental health program for children in K-2 and their parents/carers. The program is delivered by local health professionals from the Hunter New England Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and runs in partnership with the Department of Education. Got It! incorporates a universal and targeted approach to understanding and responding to emerging conduct concerns and disruptive behaviours in children.

Learn more about the Got It! Program.


A referral to Got It! is completed via a formal expression of interest form that is completed by the school principal. This form can be obtained from the Got It! Team or the Department of Education, Network Specialist Centre Facilitator.

Debborah Beckwith Teena Skelton
Networked Specialist Centre Facilitator
Networked Specialist Centre Facilitator 
Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
Maitland Office: (02)49 313522 Adamstown Office: (02)49 043900
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