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.

What services are provided?

CAMHS adopts a family based approach to working with young people, with family therapy being the main intervention technique used by the service.

The service provides:

  • Family therapy
  • Counselling
  • Parent/Family Education
  • Parent/Family Support Group
  • Integration Support
  • Medical Services

The types of problems treated include: Adjustment Disorders, Tourette's Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Conduct problems, Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa, Personality problems, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Phobias, School Refusal, Enuresis, Schizophrenia, Sleep problems, Bereavement and Encopresis.

Do I need a referral and how do I make an appointment?

All referrals must be directed to the Mental Health Line (1800 011 511). The Mental Health Line is a 24-hour telephone service operating seven days a week across NSW and determines the appropriate service for referral.

The service may have a waiting list and families may need to wait four to six weeks prior to being seen. A young person considered a high priority is usually seen within one to four weeks. Time is made available for urgent appointments, allowing urgent referrals to be seen quickly.

Locations and 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

Newcastle             (02)49 257800
Lake Macquarie    (02)49 049100
Hunter Valley        (02)49 392449

Operating Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

Fees: This is a free service

Wheelchair Access: There is wheelchair access to all facilities