CAMHS Multicultural Information
The information on this page is relevant for those seeking information on services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
If you are wishing to refer to CAMHS, please go to our Referrals and enquiries section.
CAMHS is committed to providing equity of access to services and attempts to minimise the barriers for children, young people and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to access appropriate services. CAMHS will facilitate equitable access to the range of services, programs and information that CAMHS provides regardless of the consumer’s gender, culture, socio-economic status and religious beliefs. CAMHS will prioritise referrals of clients from CALD backgrounds.
The CALD Working Group was established within CAMHS to address barriers which prevent children and their families from CALD backgrounds accessing services, and also to develop culturally appropriate services for this population.
CAMHS CALD Working Group aims to:
- Facilitate innovation in mental health care provision, demonstrate and encourage a culturally sensitive organisational culture, and employ appropriate change management methodologies to facilitate the objective of improved mental health care provision for people from culturally diverse backgrounds;
- Communicate and disseminate information about relevant CALD issues within CAMHS.
The CALD Working Group advocates for services to CALD clients to be given a high priority within CAMHS. The group also takes the opportunity to advocate for the development of culturally appropriate mental health services within forums such as state-wide and national mental health reviews.
For further information or to speak to someone about CALD services provided by CAMHS please contact your regional Child Adolescent Mental Health Service or contact Monica McEvoy, Nurse Practitioner, Multicultural Mental Health on 8341 1222.