Since the late 1970s Redbank House has provided a tertiary assessment and treatment centre for children, adolescents and their families experiencing severe, complex and treatment resistant mental health problems and disorders. It is located on the Westmead Hospital campus. Historically it was the first service in NSW to admit whole families, to open an acute (declared) adolescent-specific unit, to provide a specialist clinic for children with complex mental health problems in out-of-home care and a specialist clinic for children whose parents experience mental illness.
Currently, Redbank House provides a suite of local, regional & state-wide services spanning the spectrum of care for children and adolescents up to 18 years of age and their families. These services are part of an integrated system of care with links to community mental health and primary care services, Westmead Hospital & Emergency Department, Cumberland Hospital, Headspace, and a range of NGOs & human services agencies. There is a co-located Department of Education School for Specific Purposes which ensures integration of learning and mental health in the assessment, treatment and recovery process.
Specialist provision includes acute containment and stabilisation, treatment involving evidence-informed individual, family, pharmacological and group modalities, all driven by recovery-focussed goals. Assessment & treatment is provided by multi-disciplinary teams consisting of child & adolescent psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, other therapists and teachers, delivered in a number of specific, linked units.