The Austin School is a friendly and supportive place where young people feel respected and valued. This educational support enables young persons to build positive relationships with peers and teachers and provides opportunities to build confidence and achieve success.
Teachers and young people work together to develop an individual program based on each adolescent’s interests, strengths and needs. As well as these negotiated activities, students participate in a classroom program which includes music, art and group activities along with regular excursions and sporting activities.
Close contact is maintained with the home school of each student, encouraging each young person to maintain the connection to their school. Together young people and teachers sort through concerns related to schooling and develop plans to support their return to education or training.
Teachers involved in all CAMHS teams run joint programs and assist children and adolescents in their base-school. The Austin School is an initiative of the Department of Education working in close collaboration with CAMHS.
Austin School Enquiries
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A CAMHS service provided to children and adolescents who are consumers of the Paediatric, Spinal, Liver Transplant, Neurology and other medical wards, where there is a concern about any emotional, psychological or psychiatric issues.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service also provides a service for children and adolescents who present to the Emergency Department of Austin Health and require psychiatric input.
All CAMHS programs provide secondary and tertiary consultations to assist agencies within the community that are providing primary care.
These services, along with Mental Health Promotion and community development work, are guided by CAMHS Mental Health Promotion Officers.
All CAMHS senior clinical staff are extensively involved in teaching and supervision.
Research is being undertaken by a number of staff with links to Latrobe University, the University of Melbourne and Monash University.