Clinics & services

Child & youth mental health

Child inpatient care

We care for and treat children under the age of 13 years having severe difficulties with emotions, behaviours and relationships.

About us

The Child Inpatient Unit is a 12-bed mental health unit for children under 13 from across Victoria.

We involve your whole family in your assessment and treatment. In some cases, your family members may be able to stay with you while you’re in hospital.

If your child is in the Emergency Department or admitted to hospital for medical care or surgery, and also has any emotional, psychological or psychiatric issues, they can also receive care from our Child & Youth Mental Health Service.

Our services

We provide the following services:

  • Mmental health assessment, usually together with your family
  • Intensive inpatient treatment within a safe environment


For clients

You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service.

For health professionals

Children are usually referred from our community outpatient services.

Find out more about referrals to mental health.

Contact us

Child Inpatient Unit

Phone: 03 9496 5108

After hours: 03 9496 5000


Marian Drummond Building
Austin Hospital
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg VIC

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Postal address

Child Inpatient Unit
Austin Hospital
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg VIC 3084