Construction commences on a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Facility


A dedicated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) that provides essential mental health care to young people across Western Sydney is coming to Nepean Hospital.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service project team

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service project team

A sod turn event marked the beginning of construction of a specialist building that will give young people aged between 12 and 17 years of age holistic, patient-centred treatment and the support they need to manage their mental health.

The new unit has been co-designed by young people and carers, and will feature 10 single bedrooms with ensuites, a secure indoor communal area and two private outdoor courtyards, consultation rooms, and workspaces. There will also be a dedicated sensory room, learning centre and media room.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Director of Mental Health Matt Russell says the Service will provide vital support for those who most need it in the community.

“We greatly value the voice of consumers and carers, and their input has been integral throughout the whole planning process. We want to ensure this building is providing models of care and support to aid people in their recovery,” says Matt.

The purpose-built unit will be located beside the existing mental health facility and its Triage and Assessment Centre, ensuring a streamlined and accessible experience for any person connecting with the service.

Young people with acute mental health issues will be admitted to the CAMHS Unit following assessment in an Emergency Department or the Nepean Mental Health Centre’s Triage and Assessment Centre. Planned admissions will be also accepted via referral from a community Child and Youth Mental Health Service team or their doctor.

Construction is starting with site establishment works, the demolition of old buildings and the relocation of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Garden to a landscaped area next to Building D. The relocation of plaques, artwork and plants from the Aboriginal garden was done in consultation with local Aboriginal staff and community members.

The project is part of the NSW Government’s $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program to deliver mental health care reform across the state.

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