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Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

Our Research

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) conducts research into aspects of mental health affecting children and adolescents. Much of the work is conducted in collaboration with other centres, and only a minority of the data are collected from within the Sydney Local Health District.

Principle areas of research in 2015

Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • A brain imaging study of how Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder make decisions.
  • A psychological treatment study for Children and Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Their Families.
  • A study of psychological processes in children and adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive when they are undertaking cognitive tasks.
  • A study of how family factors (e.g., family accommodation, criticism, warmth, positive-problem solving) contributing to onset and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children and adolescents.

Psychosis in young people.

  • A project near completion examining biological correlates of psychosis in adolescents.
  • Juvenile bipolar disorder.
  • A clinical follow up study of young people 6-17 years diagnosed with bipolar disorder conducted in collaboration with Newcastle CAMHS.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • A longitudinal study of children with ADHD recruited from the community.
  • A brain imaging study comparing children with ADHD with normally developing children. Both studies are being conducted in collaboration with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne.

The influence of puberty on physical and psychological development

  • A long term study of rural youth to examine impacts of stages and velocity of puberty on physical and psychological wellbeing. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Westmead, and the Sydney University Rural Clinical School.

Liver disease

  • Psychological and family impacts of severe liver disease in infancy. Conducted in collaboration with the Children's Hospital Westmead.


  • Systematic review of treatments to prevent the recurrence of self-harming behaviour in both children and adults. Conducted in collaboration with the Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research.

Physical Exercise as Adjunctive Treatment for Mental Disorders

  • Sprint interval training in the management of adolescent mental health inpatients.

Service Research

  • Tracking the effect on patient flow as more CAMHS inpatient beds have been opened in NSW.
  • Factors affecting readmission to the Walker Adolescent Unit.


Dr Iain Perkes

  • Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatry New Investigator Grant: fMRI correlates of decision-making: AU$2,690.
  • New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Training Fellowship: fMRI correlates of decision-making: AU$56,362.
  • The University of Sydney, Research Scanning Initiative fMRI correlates of decision-making: AU$9,635.
  • The International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar Fellowship: AU$1250.

Ms Sharlene Mantz

  • NSW Institute of Psychiatry Research Fellowship.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • University of Sydney UPA scholarship.

Research Staff

  • Professor Philip Hazell, Director
  • Dr Jean Starling, Clinical Director Walker Unit
  • Dr David Harding, Senior Clinical Psychologist
  • Mr Paul O'Keefe, Nursing Unit Manager

Higher Degree Students:


  • Ms Sharlene Mantz
  • Ms Chloe McGrath
  • Dr Michael Bowden
  • Mr Stephen Hirneth


  • Dr Iain Perkes
  • Dr Roopashree Jairam

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Pathmanandavel K, Starling J, Merheb V, Ramanathan S, Sinmaz N, Dale RC, Brilot F. Antibodies to surface dopamine-2 receptor and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor in the first episode of acute psychosis in children. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 ;77(6):537-47.
  2. Brennan AM, Hainsworth C, Starling J, Korgaonkar MS, Harris AW, Williams LM. Emotion circuits differentiate symptoms of psychosis versus mania in adolescents. Neurocase. 2015;21(5):592-600.
  3. Hirneth SJ, Hazell PL, Hanstock TL, Lewin TJ. Bipolar disorder subtypes in children and adolescents: Demographic and clinical characteristics from an Australian sample. Journal of Affective Disorders 2015;175:98-107.
  4. Henderson S, Porter RJ, Basset D......Hazell P ....Why academic psychiatry is endangered. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2015;49:9-12.
  5. Bowden MR, Stormon M.....Hazell P. Family adjustment and parenting stress when an infant has serious liver disease: the Australian experience. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition 2015;60:717-722.
  6. Honey A, Chesterman S, Hancock N, Llewellyn G, Hazell P, Clarke S. Knowing what to do and being able to do it: Influences on parent choice and use of practices to support young people living with mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal 2015; 51(7):841-51.
  7. Hawton K, Witt KG, Taylor Salisbury TL, Arensman E, Gunnell D, Hazell P, Townsend E, van Heeringen K. Pharmacological interventions for self-harm in adults. Published Online 6 July 2015 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011777.
  8. Hawton K, Witt KG, Taylor Salisbury TL, Arensman E, Gunnell D, Townsend E, van Heeringen K, Hazell P, Interventions for self-harm in children and adolescents. Published online Dec 2015 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012013.
  9. Hazell P. Depression in children and adolescents: complementary therapies. BMJ Clin Evid 2015 Dec 8;2015. pii: 1008.


National and International:

  1. Hazell, P.; Sprague, T.; Feilds, K.; et al. How Opening Specialist Camhs Inpatient Units Affected the Flow of Juvenile Admissions to Adult Psychiatric and Paediatric Medical Units in New South Wales, Australia EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY Volume: 30 Supplement: 1 Meeting Abstract: 0571 Published: MAR 28 2015.
  2. Sciberras, E.; Nicholson, J.; Anderson, V.....Hazell P... et al. Do outcomes for children with subthreshold ADHD differ from children with ADHD and non-ADHD controls? EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY Volume: 24 Supplement: 1 Pages: S110-S110 Meeting Abstract: T7-06-03 Published: JUN 2015.
  3. Green, J.; Rinehart, N.; Anderson, V......Hazell P.... et al. Autism spectrum disorder symptoms in children with adhd: association with parent, couple and family functioning. EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY Volume: 24 Supplement: 1 Pages: S183-S183 Meeting Abstract: PM-020 Published: JUN 2015 120.
  4. Bowden M, Hazell P. Family adjustment when an infant has a serious illness: putting research into practice. Free paper accepted 16th International ESCAP congress, Madrid, Spain 20-24 June 2015. 122.
  5. Hazell P, Sprague, Sharpe J, Feilds K. How opening specialist CAMHS inpatient units affected the flow of juvenile admissions to adult psychiatric and paediatric medical units in New South Wales, Australia. RANZCP Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting, Port Vila, Vanuatu 2 October, 2015.

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Professor Philip Hazell

Department/Unit: Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)
Thomas Walker Hospital, Hospital Rd
Concord West NSW 2138
Telephone: (02) 9736 2288
Facsimile: (02) 9743 6264
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: philip.hazell@sswahs.nsw.gov.au