Latest Journal

Click here for a copy of our latest Journal Edition. Volume 10, Issue 1, 2019.



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Guidelines on Pathways to Care

A guide for parents and carers: Guidelines on Pathways to Care for children and adolescents with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour and/or mental health problems.  

Quick Link to the MOU

Devlopmental Psychiatry Clinic Evaluation

The Developmental Psychiatry Clinic has been evaluated by the Centre for Disability Studies. Access the document by clicking on the image below.

MOU between ADHC and Health
Excutive Summary

View the executive summary of the "Leading the Way in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability" needs analysis report here.


The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

The Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) is the largest, highly respected paediatric centre in New South Wales (NSW), providing excellent care for children from NSW, Australia and across the Pacific Rim. Established in Camperdown in 1880 with four doctors and six nursing staff, the hospital is now a stand alone public hospital and registered charity with 3,000 staff in 150 departments, The Children's Hospital at Westmead serves over 50,000 sick children and their families each year in a family-focused healing environment.

The Department of Psychological Medicine provides specialist mental health consultation, clinical and advocacy services for children and young people who are experiencing psychological or behavioural problems or disorders associated with medical illness or health concerns; developmental or intellectual disability; and complex psychosocial circumstances or trauma. The department partners with the Child Development Unit including Disability Specialist Unit and Parramatta Early Childhood Assessment Team. The Disability Specialist Unit (DSU) is a multidisciplinary diagnostic and assessment team which conducts developmental, intellectual, functional and health assessments for children and adults who have, or are suspected of having, a developmental delay or intellectual disability.


MH-Kids: Department of Health

MH-Kids is the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) policy, service development and service planning unit of the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office (MHDAO), Department  of Health, and has a state-wide brief.

MH-Kids aims to improve the mental health of NSW children, adolescents and those who care for them by working collaboratively with policy makers and service providers to support the best use of available evidence, the dissemination of relevant information and the development of meaningful partnerships for service planning and development, workforce development and clinical service innovation.

MH-Kids are responsible for developing, managing and coordinating NSW Health policy and strategy relating to child and adolescent mental health, including School-Link. It provides clinical leadership to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and facilitates improved literacy to CAMHS providers, the community and advocates for CAMHS issues, funding programs and improvements.


Department of Education and Training

The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) delivers high quality, internationally competitive public education and training from early childhood (pre-school), through to the compulsory years of schooling (Kindergarten to Year 10), and senior secondary education. Around 741,000 students are taught by over 50,000 full time teachers in more than 2,200 NSW Government schools - including pre-schools, primary schools, central schools, high schools, colleges and specialist schools. DET also provides TAFE NSW courses, adult and community education courses, migrant English programs, post-secondary art courses and advice to the NSW Government on higher education.

The Department has in place a range of programs and services to support participation and the achievement of positive outcomes by students with disabilities from their early years prior to entering school through to post-school preparation for adult life and the workforce and to lifelong learning. The Department provides staff with specialist expertise, including student counsellors and careers advisers, in schools and TAFE NSW who are available to assist all students, including those with disabilities. Schools and campuses may also have peer support programs and student associations.


Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services

Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW (ADHC), formerly known as The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) is one of the largest human services organisations in NSW.  ADHC’s 12,000 staff provides support and services to more than one million older people, people with a disability, their families and carers. ADHC delivers services through six (6) geographical regions.

ADHC works in partnership with many other organisations to deliver the best possible services to clients. Stakeholders include: 900 non-government and local government service providers funded to deliver services on their behalf; non-government organisations; local, State and Commonwealth government agencies; peak bodies and industry groups representing older people with a disability and their carers; community agencies and organisations and regulatory bodies.