Evolve Therapeutic Service (ETS) (<18 years)
Mental Health

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Urgent Advice

For urgent advice in times of mental health crisis, please call 1300 MH CALL (1300 64 22 55). The confidential telephone triage service provides the first point of contact to public mental health services 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Useful Management Information

  • This service provides specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic intervention to children and adolescents experiencing severe and/or complex mental health challenges.
  • Intense support is given to the child or adolescent and key stakeholders including carers, family and other professionals (e.g., Child Safety Officer, Guidance officers, teachers, residential workers).

Clinician and family resource:

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

Are you referring to the right service?

  • This service is for young people aged under 18 years with severe and/or complex mental health challenges and involved with QLD Child Protection Services and/or subject to a formal QLD Child Protection Order.
  • Referrals to this service must be made by the young person’s Child Safety Officer.

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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Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Boulevard
Southport QLD 4215


(07) 5687 9300

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Southport Health Precinct

If you would like to send a named referral, please address it to the specialist listed above, who will allocate a suitably qualified specialist to see the patient. Alternatively, you can view a full list of our specialists.

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