Authors: Cathleen (Lena) Lum, NSW
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: children and youth, paediatricians,
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In mid-2003, the Paediatric Mental Health Team (PMHT) was created within the Blacktown City Mental Health Service to address needs of children presenting with mental health and behavioural issues at the local Emergency Departments. Initially a consult and liaison service, PMHT has shifted its focus to include collaboration with Community Health and the Department of Paediatrics – Blacktown & Mt Druitt Hospitals (BMHD). In 2005, PMHT, in partnership with Paediatricians, nursing staff and paediatric registrars is embarking on new territory by assisting with the education and training of registrars and staff regarding the management of paediatric mental health presentations. Collaborative relationships have been built with Community Health to provide continuous services for children and families with complex needs. This paper highlights the obstacles overcome with creativity, and “village” culture utilised to establish working relationships between historically segregated services to broaden comprehensive approaches in paediatric health.