Youth psychiatrist for the Kimberley
Children and adolescents, their families and carers in the Kimberley are receiving improved access to specialist mental health services with the appointment of a new child, adolescent and youth psychiatrist position.
The Mental Health Commission has contracted the WA Country Health Service to provide the position, which has significantly increased the assessment and treatment services available in the region. The new position will:
- Provide more timely access to assessment and treatment services
- Increase the level of specialist clinical consultation and liaison services provided to existing human services agencies
- Provide clinical and professional supervision to clinical staff working with children, adolescents and youth.
- Work with other service providers to promote early identification and positive interventions for at-risk young people and their families.
The position is a targeted initiative in support of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-25.
Young people aged 0 to 24 years and their families are able to be refer to the service from primary health services (e.g. GPs), other human services agencies, community clinicians/specialists and Aboriginal Medical Services