Health conditions

Mental illness acute services for children and adolescents

Many young people experience mental health issues. The majority of young mental health clients are seen in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) community based clinics, however some young people need more intensive support.

Acute Services 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.

Our Acute Services are 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.

Bentley Adolescent Unit (BAU)

Bentley Adolescent Unit (BAU) is a 12-bed ward at Bentley Health Campus which provides a statewide specialised service for young people aged up to 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
  • crisis intervention
  • 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 teachers who support the patient’s schooling.

View contact details on the National Health Services Directory (external site).

Gender Diversity Services (GDS)

The Gender Diversity Service (GDS) is a public health outpatient service located at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) (external site) that provides children and adolescents up to 18 years with a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment, care and treatment of gender dysphoria.

Any child or young person up to the age of 18, who resides in Western Australia, with concerns regarding their gender can be referred to the Gender Diversity Service for consultation.

Paediatric Consultation Liaison Program (PCLP)

The Paediatric Consultation Liaison Program (PCLP) operates out of PMH. This team provides an inpatient and outpatient service to support the mental health and wellbeing of PMH patients.

PCPL helps PMH patients with mental health issues. PCLP works with other hospital staff to ensure that the assessment and treatment of patients is comprehensive, timely, responsive and effective.

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

PCLP 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.

View contact details on the National Health Services Directory (external site).

Mental health assessments of children and adolescents

Mental Health Liaison Nurses in Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department (ED) provide mental health assessments for children up to the age of 16 years old who present to the emergency department and identified as requiring a mental health assessment.

Urgent mental health telephone support line – 1800 048 636

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) urgent mental health telephone support line provides 24 hour support for children and their families. The service is accessible statewide and includes brief assessment of mental health risk and signposting to the most appropriate service, depending on need.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor or contact your local community CAMHS service
  • In an emergency attend an emergency department or call 000


  • You are not alone – many young people will be experiencing the same challenges.
  • There are services that can work with you to support recovery.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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