Vulnerable Children Series: What a Difference a Date Will Make - 15 July 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)


The focus of this web conference is on the "What a Differenc a Date Will Make" project run by the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. 

The Child and Adolescent Development Unit (CADU) at Blue Mountains Hospital (Nepean Blue Mountain LHD, NSW) found that an increasing amount of children presenting to health services in the region with self-harm or harm to others had complex psychosocial issues comorbid with Autism and other developmental disorders. However, children especially older age children and adolescents were waiting for up to 2-3 years for assessment if at all. 

This increase in school age children/adolescents with complex learning, social and behavioural difficulties, not accessing services, placed them at risk of developing more complex mental health problemsschool failure and involvement with Juvenile Justice.

Through active prioritisation of their waiting list and creating three assessment clinics (children under 5, children aged <7 years, older age children and adolescents), NBMLHD CADU were able to reduce waiting times from 18-24 months to 9-12 months for adolescents and older children.

For some children being able to get a diagnosis, however late, positively impacts the way they are treated in community, school and in the court system.

Featured speaker:
Dr Lynne Mason
Team Leader, Team Leader/Clinical Psychologist
Child and Adolescent Development Unit, Blue Mountains Anzac & District Memorial Hospital

How can I join this web meeting?

Please register for this event.  Details on how to join this Web Conference will then be emailed to you.  You can also visit our members website

All staff of Member Services are welcome to join this meeting. If you do not have a website account, you will need to create an account first.