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Child Youth Mental Health Service


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Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) provides specialist mental health assessment and intervention to infants, children and young people (under 18 years old, unless still at school) with moderate to severe and complex mental health problems and their families.

CYMHS provides a multidisciplinary and family-focused approach, providing evidence-based treatment which may include individual, parent, family therapy and group programs, delivered through one of our community based teams or inpatient unit. This service also provides information and referral to other services, as well as consultation and liaison for Royal North Shore and Hornsby Hospitals.

To make a referral within business hours, contact your local community CYMHS team using the details below.


CYMHS Service and Teams

Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) provides services to the population living within NSLHD:

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai CYMHS

Level 1, Building 52, Hornsby Hospital,

36-75 Palmerston Road, Hornsby, NSW, 2077

Phone: 9485 6155


Lower North Shore CYMHS

Level 2, Royal North Shore Community Health Centre,

2C Herbert Street, St Leonards, NSW 2065

Phone: 9462 9222


Ryde CYMHS Child Adolescent and Family Centre

51 Blaxland Road, Top Ryde, NSW 2112

Phone: 9926 5844


Northern Beaches CYMHS:

Level 2 / 612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale 2100

Phone: 9388 5150

AFTER HOURS Assistance:Contact the Mental Health Telephone Access Line if you require any after hours support on phone 1800 011 511


 Outreach Support for Children and Adolescents (OSCA)

Outreach Support for Children and Adolescents (OSCA) is a specialist mental health service within CYMHS that provides short - term (up to 4 months) intensive and outreach interventions. Referrals for OSCA are through the local CYMHS community teams.

OSCA offers a family focused multidisciplinary approach aimed to provide more intensive work for young people (under 18 years) and their families who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues.​​

 School-Link Initiative

The School-Link Initiative provides a platform for collaboration where mental health professionals and educators work together, in partnership with children, young people and their families. Aiming to achieve optimal mental health, wellbeing and resilience for children and young people through the early identification of mental health issues and early access to specialist mental health services.​

Key Focus Areas of the School-Link Program in NSLHD are:

  • Developing clearer pathways to care for children and young people with mental health problems
  • Supporting mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention programs in schools and TAFE
  • Training for school and TAFE staff, child and adolescent mental health staff and other workers on mental health and wellbeing
  • Enhancing consultation, liaison, referral, and support between health and education staff.

The School Link Coordinator can be contacted on Phone: 8877 5325​

 The Brolga Unit

A 12 bed Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit based at Hornsby Hospital.

 Coral Tree Family Service

NSW state-wide tertiary referral service that aims to assist children and their families experiencing significant difficulties with mental health, behaviour, emotions and relationships. Coral Tree offers intensive programs for families with a child 12 years and under. A referral can be made when responses to primary and secondary intervention has not brought desired outcomes. Our range of intervention packages may include the following options:

  • Day Attendance : the family attends Coral Tree for a more in-depth assessment of current concerns and, when possible, staff work in-situ with the family on a specific goal
  • Residential Program: involves a 4-night admission from Monday to Friday that provides a goal-orientated treatment package. In this model, individual, parent, family and group issues can be explored and contextualised, and the 'living in' nature allows for ample opportunities to seek alternative ways of relating and managing issues in the 'here and now' of family life
  • Clinical School Program: runs in partnership with Arndell School; children will be enrolled in Arndell School while receiving clinical input from Coral Tree

The key criteria is that the referring professional is able to provide family-orientated mental health intervention and is prepared to have this in place both before and after the family's attendance at Coral Tree.

To make a referral, the clinician providing family work can contact the service to make an intake request on Phone: 9887 5830.​

 Getting on Track in Time (GotIt!) Program

Getting on Track in Time (GotIt!) Program is a school-based early intervention mental health program aimed at assisting parents and teachers to support children's social and emotional development. The program includes a whole of school approach which provides parent and teacher training sessions to all members of the school community.

It also includes a targeted group intervention for identified children in Kindergarten to Year 2 who may be experiencing difficulties regarding behaviour, emotions or social skills.

For enquiries, please contact Phone: 9887 5886.​