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Presence of child psychiatric disordersAssessment ClinicsStandardised Assessments
Child psychiatric disorders are based on  the presence of symptom patterns, based on multi-informant reports (eg, parent, child, teacher) and  the presence of impairment in a given childs academic, interpersonal, family and social development directly related to the presence of the above symptom patterns.
A group of key assessment clinics have been established by the ACPU.
The community- and hospital-based ACPU clinics are structured around key high prevalence and high risk child psychiatric disorders that are frequently psychological and medication treatment non-responsive. They assist in clarifying diagnostic uncertainties and advise in an ongoing way about specific psychological and medical treatments and their monitoring. For young people  where there is a diagnostic clarification issue or  who have been through one or more psychological and/or medical treatment regimens and who remain treatment non-responsive, the clinics may be a useful resource.
These clinics are outlined below, along with with examples of disorders they cover (please note that these lists are not exhaustive).
Referral to one of these clinics will result in a thorough clinical assessment of symptoms from child, parent and teacher perspectives, cognitive ability, educational ability, biological and psychosocial strengths and weaknesses, parental symptoms associated with managing their child and family functioning. Assessments will take place over two sessions (one full day) in the Academic Child Psychiatry Unit, Royal Children's Hospital. Part of the assessment will involve both the parent and the child while other parts will require only the child to be present.
The following assessments are undertaken at each assessment session (the sessions may not be completed in this order):
All information collected will be fed back to the referring clinician/doctor in the form of a written report summarizing the young person's key strengths and weaknesses and an ongoing priority treatment plan will be offered. In addition, every young person will be followed up at three months and annually.