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Starship Paediatric Child Consult Liaison Psychiatry

Contact Details

Starship Child Health, Central Auckland

General Enquiries:
(09) 3074949
Outpatient Appointments:
(09) 638 0400 or 0800 PATIENT 0800 728 436 or
Emergency Department:
Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 307 4902
GP/External Specialist Help Desk:
(09) 3072800

2 Park Road Grafton Auckland 1023
Starship Child Health Private Bag 92 024 Auckland Mail Centre Auckland 1142 New Zealand

The Child Consult Liaison Psychiatry team provides psychological and emotional assessment and support to children and adolescents who have medical or surgical problems. It also provides a service to parents and brothers and sisters. It is located on level three of Starship.

The sort of problems they help with include:

  • adjusting to, and coping with, illness or injury
  • emotional and/or behavioural problems in a child with illness or injury
  • treatment compliance problems, e.g. fear of needles, special diets, difficult treatments, management of pain in children and adolescents
  • feeding difficulties
  • parental and family difficulties coping with a child’s illness
  • grief and bereavement counselling.

 They offer a range of interventions:

  • assessment
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • child therapy and counselling
  • family therapy
  • medication
  • neuropsychological assessments
  • assessment for daypatient and inpatient treatment.

The team consists of:

  • child psychiatrists
  • clinical psychologists
  • neuropsychologists
  • psychotherapists
  • nurse specialists
  • social workers/therapists

This service liaises closely with the child’s medical or surgical team and also with any other involved service e.g. general practitioner, school, physiotherapist, Special Education Services.

Referral Expectations

The Starship Child Consult Liaison Psychiatry team only see children who are currently inpatients or outpatients at Starship. Please ask a member of the Starship team to refer your child to our service.

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