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Child and Adolescent Mental Health

South West Healthcare CAMHS is a specialist mental health assessment and treatment service for infants, children and young people up to 18 years of age.

How to refer a young person to CAHMS

Anyone can make a referral to CAMHS

Information required for a referral:

  • Personal details of the young person & guardians including consent from the legal guardians.
  • Current concern & symptoms
  • History of the concern & interventions
  • Day-to-day functioning eg. academic functioning, relationships, self-care
  • Family circumstances & relationships
  • Known risk factors, including trauma, self-harm or alcohol & substance use.
  • Medications

For further information or to make a referral please call the CAMHS Duty Worker on:

Phone (03) 5561 9100

Or write to us at:

SWH Mental Health Services
Koroit Street Warrnambool 3280

Fax (03) 5561 3813

What Is CAMHS?

CAMHS is made up of a team of professionals including Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Nurses.

CAMHS accept referrals of young people up to 18 years of age who reside within the shires of Warrnambool, Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians, and Corangamite.

Who Do CAMHS See?

CAMHS see children and young people with complex and severe emotional, behavioural or social difficulties.

  • Privacy & Confidentiality

    Referrals accepted & information released only with parent or guardian consent. Exceptions apply under mandatory reporting & duty of care requirements.

  • The Circle of Security (COS) Group

    The Circle of Security (COS) group is an early intervention program designed to help parents/caregivers improve their confidence in parenting skills. It is a well-researched program, utilised world-wide to assist parents in understanding and responding to their child’s needs.

    It helps infants and children develop the important building blocks of trust, security and safety in their own personal development. Circle of Security uses the concept of a safe base to give parents an understanding of how to support their child’s ongoing development.

    Circle of Security helps parents to develop strategies and an understanding of their child’s needs and behaviours within a supportive parent group environment.

    The program is suitable for parents of a child up to 12 years of age and is an 8 week program. Feedback from previous participants has highlighted the benefits and increased confidence parents gained from participating.

    Some of the feedback from previous groups has included: “My child is much calmer” “I did not feel judged” “The group was so supportive” “I’m not alone”.

    You may find this group beneficial if:

    • stress or illness is impacting on your parenting
    • you are not feeling confident with your parenting
    • you are concerned about your relationship with your child
    • Your child is displaying concerning behaviour

    The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service are offering current consumers/carers an opportunity to participate in Circle of Security groups that are conducted throughout the year. Your child does not need to be a current consumer of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to be eligible to participate in the group. Financial assistance may be available to support your attendance and can be discussed upon your expression of interest. For example petrol vouchers for those travelling, child care etc.

    If you are interested in finding out more or would like to participate in a future group please contact CAMHS duty worker on (03) 5561 9100 for more details.

Page last updated: 18 February 2021

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