Ed LinQ Program (<18 years)

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Useful Management Information

  • This is a specialist program within the Child Youth and Mental Health Service (CYMHS) established to improve linkages and service integration between the education sector (Department of Education and Training, Catholic Education, Independent Schools Qld), primary care, community and mental health sectors to support the early detection and collaborative care of school-aged children and young people at risk of –or experiencing mental health problems or mental illness.
  • Ed-LinQ Coordinators provide actions and capability building to schools that increase the knowledge, skills and understanding of stakeholders regarding mental health problems and mental illness in school-aged children and young people and in regard to working collaboratively for better outcomes.

Clinician and family resource:

Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMHS) at Gold Coast Health

Are you referring to the right service?

  • This service does not work directly with young people or parents/carers but works with schools and service providers to facilitate early access to mental health advice.
  • This service can be accessed by:
    • Child and youth mental health clinicians
    • School staff (Principals, guidance staff, wellbeing teams, school-based youth health nurses, teachers)
    • Non-government organisation staff
    • Primary care providers
    • Private practitioners

Out of Scope Services

The following conditions are out of scope for this service:

  • Adults over the age of 25 years
  • Residing outside of the Gold Coast catchment area
  • Family court assessments or intervention
  • Second opinion psychiatric assessments
  • Assessment or treatment of primary development disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual impairment, Pervasive Developmental Disorders etc)
  • Any child/young person who is acutely unwell and requiring emergency healthcare should present to the Emergency Department.

Out of Catchment

Gold Coast Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary services or for services that are not provided by their local hospital and health service district. If your patient lives outside the Gold Coast Health catchment area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, please indicate relevant medical or social information that will assist with the processing of your referral.


Please note that where appropriate and where available, the referral may be streamed to an associated public allied health and/or nursing service. Access to some specific services may include initial assessment and management by associated allied health and/or nursing, which may either facilitate or negate the need to see the public medical specialist.

  • A change in patient circumstance (such as condition deteriorating or becoming pregnant) may affect the urgency categorisation and should be communicated as soon as possible.
  • Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.
  • If your patient consents to telehealth, please indicate in the body of the referral.
Last updated 18 January 2024

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