Child and adolescent mental health excellence in practice pathways program

Mrs Rebecca Allan1, Miss Leah Campbell1

1Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Australia


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides treatment and care for children and adolescents up to 18 years and their families who have significant Mental Health disturbance, or who are at risk of such disturbance. Nationally, there is a growing demand for the service. The hospital presentations of patients requiring this specialist care is becoming increasingly complex and challenging. While the Tasmanian Health Service has experienced paediatric nursing staff, they have been missing foundational knowledge in CAMHS.

The CAMHS Excellence in Practice Pathways Program is an 3 month educational program which is based on the Kirkpatrick Model, which has been developed by the Centre for Education and Research Nursing and Midwifery at THS-S, in consultation with Royal Hobart Hospital CAMHS, Department of Psychiatry and Paediatric Services.  The CAMHS EPPs is currently the leading program in Australia of it’s kind. It aims to address this need by providing foundational CAMHS knowledge and intends to provide evidence based best practice to patients and their families – reducing the burden of disease.


Leah is a registered nurse working on the Paediatric Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Having finished the Post-Graduate Certificate in paediatric nursing last year, as well as completing the CAMHS excellence in practice program she has developed a passion for caring for children with complex nursing needs, both locally and internationally.