The Sydney Children's Hospital Network Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Hub is a statewide service that helps to improve the mental health of children and teens under 18 years old with intellectual or developmental disability. It is funded by NSW Health.
The Hub is run by the Developmental Psychiatry Team within the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. The Hub team includes:
The Hub works with the child or young person's clinician or doctor by providing their expertise in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of their intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder or both. For example:
The Hub can also provide expertise on:
The Hub can offer the following services face-to-face or via telehealth, depending on the level of clinical complexity:
Eligible consumers are children and young people who are under 18 years old who live in NSW and meet all of the following:
Access to the Hub is provided on the basis that the child or teen's primary clinician is resonsible for ongoing care and that all requests have been discussed with, and accepted by, the child or young person's family.
Referrals are needed to access the Hub and are accepted across NSW from:
Referral requests are to include a comprehensive referral letter (form) about:
Download the referral letter (form)
The completed referral form can be emailed to SCHN-CHW-PsychmedIntake@health.nsw.gov.au
More information about the Mental Health Intellectual Disability hub is available at the Sydney Children's Hospital Network website.