GPs and approved services in South Western Sydney may refer to the STAR4kids program for patients aged 3-12 years with, or at risk of developing a mild to moderate mental illness.
STAR4kids provides free psychological therapies to children aged 3-12 years with, or at risk of, developing a mild to moderate mental illness, including depressive, anxiety or stress disorders, with barriers to accessing Better Access (Medicare). Is this statement guaranteed to make sense to the intended audience?
The STAR4kids program consists of up to 12 hours of free psychological support with a mental health professional (psychologist, mental health nurse or accredited social worker) who has experience working with children.
This service cannot be made available to:
- Children that do not experience barriers to accessing Better Access (Medicare).
- Children with a diagnosed behavioural or neurodevelopmental disorder, including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), unless the main presenting concern is the child’s mental health problem.
Referring to STAR4kids
GPs, Paediatricians and approved provisional referrers (see below) may make referrals.
GP or Paediatrician referrals
Visit the Forms and Templates resources on this website to download the GP Mental Health Treatment Plan for Children template and the SWSPHN GP Mental Health Referral Form for MedicalDirector, Best Practice or PDF/Word.
GPs may also call SWSPHN Central Intake on 1300 797 746.
Approved provisional referrals
Approved provisional referrers include:
- Directors of early childhood services;,
- School principals;,
- Counsellors and psychologists;,
- Managers of community managed organisations; and
- Mental health professionals, including psychiatrists.
Provisional referrers can access the online Mental Health Referral form here. Download the Mental Health Central Intake provisional (non-GP) referral form [PDF | 3 pages | 424kb]
Call the South Western Sydney PHN Mental Health Central Intake on 1300 797 746 for more information.
Visit partner websites to find out more:
At Full Potential Psychology
Service provider for people living in Camden, Wollondilly or Wingecarribee local government areas.
Service provider for people living in Bankstown or Fairfield local government areas.
Phone: (02) 9727 7752
Address: Rosa House, Suite 5, 12 Nelson St FAIRFIELD NSW 2165
Phone: (02) 9796 3925
Address: 6/39 Stanley Street BANKSTOWN NSW 2200
Sparrow Centre for Children
Service provider for people living in the Campbelltown local government areas.
Service provider for people living in the Liverpool local government area.