Psychiatry services at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9845 2005

Fax: (02) 9845 2009

The Department of Psychological Medicine at The Children's Hospital Westmead:

  • Seeks to provide excellent, evidence-based and culturally appropriate clinical psychiatric care to children and young people with mental health problems or disorders and their carers
  • Promotes the health and psychosocial well-being of all children through education, liaison and advocacy
  • Strengthens the quality of psychosocial care provided to children and young people through leadership in the training and supervision of health care workers
  • Conducts and disseminates research to promote service improvement, the well-being of children, young people and their families, and the advancement of knowledge


We are a tertiary referral health service, meaning that we primarily see children and young people (from 0-18 years of age) that are:

  • Receiving emergency care at The Children's Hospital at Westmead Emergency Department
  • Admitted to Hall Ward, our specialist mental health in-patient facility
  • Admitted to the medical wards of The Children's Hospital Westmead
  • Receiving specialist outpatient care from another department within The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Referred by rural NSW child health specialists for review through the child and adolescent telemedicine psychiatry outreach service (CAPTOS)

To make a referral to the Department of Psychological Medicine:

  • Inpatients – contact reception on (02) 9845 2005
  • Outpatients – check referral criteria for eligibility and contact the Outpatients Intake Officer on (02) 9845 2005
  • If an urgent assessment is required, a registrar is on call through the Emergency Department, 24 hours a day

Psychological Medicine Referrals Brochure