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The Ward is part of the Mental Health Program at The Royal Children's Hospital.
Banksia is a 16-bed inpatient unit where young people aged 12 to 18 years are assessed and treated for a range of mental and psychological disorders including:
The Ward provides the least restrictive environment possible while remaining compatible with the needs and safety of young people and staff. It also aims to promote community management wherever possible.
Banksia Ward uses a multi-disciplinary approach to assess and treat young people admitted to the Ward. The team is comprised of consultant psychiatrists, registered nurses with mental health qualifications, a psychologist, social worker, psychiatry registrar and teachers with special education qualifications.
The unit offers residential support and programs including:
Elements of the Banksia Ward therapeutic program include: