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Rural Child & Adolescent Program

The aim of the Rural Child & Adolescent program is to improve the mental health and well-being of young people and their families within the Alpine shire. It provides the following services:

Child & Adolescent Health Worker

Health Promotion Worker (Primary Schools)
Providing settings based health promotion interventions and school support for children aged 5-12 years and their families.

Adolescent Health Worker

Providing brief targeted early interventions for young people aged 12-18 years. This may take the form of individual therapy or family counselling.

Youth Worker

Working to improve the health of the young people age 12 - 24 of Mount Beauty, upper Kiewa Valley and Alpine Shire. Facilitating access to youth services and events and supporting young people and their families by providing information, advocacy and guidance.


The Rural Child & Adolescent team can be contacted directly by a young person, family member, school teacher or other health professional.? A referral to other services may be appropriate.
If so, information and assistance will be provided to access these services.

Other services provided

Liaison and support for families, schools and other professionals.
Secondary consultations with schools and other professionals.
Information and education relating to health and wellbeing.
Connecting young people and their families to appropriate local and regional services.

What are the common issues that impact on a young person's health and well-being?

  • Bullying
  • Learning difficulties
  • Family conflict
  • Experience of loss or failure
  • Range of emotions (e.g. anger, depression)
  • Anxiety
  • Family disruption
  • Isolation or loneliness
  • Stress
  • Substance use
  • Sexual, physical and or emotional abuse
  • Body image
  • Violence
  • Relationship problems
  • Emerging sexual identity

Other useful numbers

North East Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
(NECAMHS): 02 60 247711
Parent Line: 132289
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Lifeline: 131114