Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 06, 2024


Mount Gambier Mental Health Services

In reply to the Hon. S.L. GAME ().17 October 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has advised:

Mental Health Services within the Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN) provides a tertiary mental health service, including assessment and intervention for adults and young people aged 16 years and over, presenting with a complex and enduring mental health diagnosis.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a free community-based tertiary mental health service provided through the Women's and Children's Health Network across South Australia, and provides care to those with severe and/or complex mental health needs. Referrals are triaged by the centralised referral process CAMHS Connect and are responded to within a timely manner. CAMHS does not currently have a wait list and has not had a wait list in the last 12 months.

There are also commonwealth funded services in the region, including Headspace, that may provide early intervention services.

LCLHN can confirm there are zero wait times for both distance consultation therapy support and local care coordination with specialist support for care coordination for young people with complex and enduring mental health diagnoses.

LCLHN is unable to comment on wait times for other service providers which may require further investigation from Commonwealth funded services like Headspace and the mental health practitioners in the Department for Education for early intervention.