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Banksia Ward is 16-bed inpatient unit, supporting young people aged 13 through to 17. As part of the
Mental Health Program at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), Banksia provides brief periods of support for young people in crisis due to acute mental health difficulties.
Young people typically stay at Banksia for 24–72 hours, although admission length can vary depending on the young person’s needs and goals of admission.
Banksia is a safe place for young people to stay whilst community supports are put in place so that young people can continue their recovery journey at home instead of having to stay in hospital for a longer period of time.
The Ward provides the least restrictive environment possible while remaining compatible with the needs and safety of young people and staff. Our model also aims to promote supports through community mental health services as a continuation of recovery.
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, and a range of mental health clinicians, known as Care Coordinators.
The unit offers inpatient support and programs including:
The Banksia Ward therapeutic program includes:
An introduction to the Banksia unit at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Find out why people come to Banksia and who you might meet while there. Hear directly from young people who have accessed inpatient care with Banksia.
Find out what you can and can’t bring into Banksia ward and suggestions of what you can pack to be more comfortable.
Things to know before you stay at Banksia. Find out about provided meals, the bedroom set up, use of mobile phones and social media. Hear from young people who have previously stayed in Banksia so you know what to expect before you arrive.
Find out about your rights while you are with the Banksia unit. Banksia team members talk about the importance of diversity and how this is respected and upheld within Banksia.
Mutual expectations apply to young people, staff and others at Banksia. These include a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, respecting our environment and each other, knocking before entering closed doors and communicating and listening while respecting each other's views.
Hear about what a day looks like in Banksia and learn about different options that are available, including supports from RCH teams, phone time and groups. Find out about some common terms that you may hear while with Banksia.
Hear from young people with lived experience about what it was like leaving Banksia and their top recommendations for the discharge process. Banksia team members also give advice on goal setting and linking with services in the community for discharge.