Pathways is a statewide service providing assessment, treatment and support for children aged 6 to 12 years with complex and longstanding mental health difficulties.

All children who come to Pathways have had problems in experiencing overwhelming emotions and intense emotional distress.

Some of these issues present as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Self-harm and harm to others
  • Learning difficulties
  • Developmental issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Family stress and conflict.

We are a family focused program that aims to be flexible and adaptable to best suit the needs of the child. This can include addressing educational, social, behavioural, emotional and mental health difficulties.

We realise each child is different and each admission to the program is different – so we tailor the approach with assessment, recovery day program and outreach-based treatment options.

What happens at Pathways

Once a child has been referred they are contacted by a Pathways clinician to discuss the referral. We have many treatment options depending on the needs of the child and family. These  options may include assessments in  the day recovery program, family-based interventions, education support and more.

Read more about what happens in the Pathways program.

How to be referred to Pathways

Access to the Pathways program is through another CAHS service such as Community Health or through a CAMHS service

If a child is primary school aged they may be eligible for a referral to Pathways. Speak to your CAHS clinician to discuss further.

Referrals for health professionals

For more information on how to refer a patient as a health professional, please visit For health professionals.

Last Updated: 11/11/2021