Mental Health Inpatient Unit (Ward 5A)

Who we are

The Mental Health Inpatient Unit on Ward 5A at PCH is the state-wide assessment and treatment facility for children and young people up to 16 years old with complex and acute mental health issues.

It is part of a broader continuum of mental health care available to young people through the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (external link).

Services we provide

Ward 5A is a recovery focused patient and family centred service. It offers a seven-day multidisciplinary program in a safe environment for voluntary and involuntary patients as authorised under the Mental Health Act (2014).

Our clinicians aim to empower families to participate in their child’s treatment and assist their recovery by providing information, education and support.

The unit offers short term assessment, brief intervention and therapeutic group programs, depending on your child’s needs. We also work closely with agencies in the community, from the time your child is admitted until they are discharged, to ensure their care is consistent and can be maintained when they return home.

Ward 5A has a total of 20 beds and is divided into two sections:

  • A 14-bed acute section for children and adolescents who require a higher level of assessment, monitoring and treatment
  • A low-acuity section with 6 beds for those who require less support and supervision during their treatment and recovery.

The service is staffed by experienced mental health professionals including nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, an aboriginal liaison officer and education staff.

Referrals

We accept referrals from therapists, specialists, GPs, schools and other community organisations.

All Specialist Rooms, GP’s and WACHS referrers are being advised to direct all non-urgent referrals for PCH outpatient services to the Central Referral Service. 

Phone

1300 551 142 

Fax 

1300 365 056 

Online

https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Central-Referral-Service-guide-for-referrers 

  • New referrals will be assessed against the eligibility guidelines and prioritised according to medical need.
  • Referrals from Nurse Practitioners, other non-medical referrers and private hospitals (including those with a private-public partnership) are to be directed to PCH Referral Office.
  • All urgent referrals are to be sent to the PCH Referral Office.
  • Urgent referrals must always be discussed with the PCH Consultant / Registrar on call before the referral is sent.
  • The referral needs to include the name of the Consultant/ Registrar the referrer spoke to.
  • Each referral is to be faxed individually.

PCH switchboard

6456 2222

PCH Referral Office fax

6456 0097 

PCH Referral Office email

pch.referrals@health.wa.gov.au

Location

Ward 5A, Level 5 (take the Green Lifts). 

Visitors to Ward 5A must report to the ward reception desk on arrival. 

View the PCH map for more information.

Contact us 

Phone: 6456 2222 (PCH switchboard)

Related links

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service 

Paediatric Consultation Liaison Program 

Gender Diversity Service 

Eating Disorders Program