Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Boylan Ward

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Boylan Ward

A $50 million upgrade of the Women's and Children's Hospital is about to get underway so that we can continue to provide the highest quality of care while planning continues for a new hospital.

Boylan ward is one of four clinical areas to be redeveloped, with works to commence in late 2019/20.

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Boylan Ward is the only designated psychiatric inpatient facility for children and adolescents in South Australia and provides specialised care and support for children and adolescents with severe mental health problems who

  • are experiencing the early stages of a psychotic illness
  • are suffering severe mental disorder (including depression) often with a suicidal component
  • have complex and coexisting disorders requiring multiple assessments and specialized care

Boylan Ward currently provides services for children and adolescents who are voluntary or under a variety of legal orders.  Because Boylan is an open ward, closed facilities such as an High Dependency Unit cannot be provided for children and adolescents who present a risk to themselves or others under the Mental Health Act however the facility may be locked to manage young people with these presentations.

Boylan Ward uses a WCH page link iconthree phase model of intervention

Boylan Ward has developed a series of WCH page link iconKey Performance Indicators.

Word iconBoylan Ward Welcome Kit - updated 13/7/2017

How to Access Our Service

Boylan Ward provides inpatient services for children and adolescents from metropolitan Adelaide and from rural and remote parts of South Australia and some rural sites such as , APY lands in Northern Territory, Broken Hill in NSW and Mildura in Victoria.  Children and adolescents between 3 and 17 years who have complex problems requiring further assessment to determine diagnosis and treatment needs may be admitted.  

Most services for children 12 years and under will comprise planned admissions for assessment purposes.  The timing of these admissions may need to be altered if at any time the mix of current inpatients is considered to be inappropriate for the admission of younger children.

Information for Families


This is a 24 hour service

Contact Information

Kendall Lounder, Nursing Unit Manager, Boylan Ward

Dr Simon Hein,  Medical Unit Head Boylan Ward


Level 1, Good Friday Building

Mailing Address

Boylan Ward
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Rd
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006

Should you wish to discuss a referral of a child or young person to CAMHS, please communicate using the below phone numbers.  Email addresses are not always monitored daily.

  • Phone: 8161 6622
  • Fax (08) 8161 8069

Web address: http://www.wch.sa.gov.au/boylan

last modified: 09 Sep 2020