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About The Austin School

The Austin School is a Department of Education and Training (DET) school located within the grounds of the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg. The school provides specialised educational services to young people, both inpatient and outpatient, who have significant emotional, physical and psychiatric problems. All students are patients of the Austin Health and/or Austin Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS).

The Adolescent Inpatient Unit currently accepts referrals of young people (13 to 17 years) from the North Western sector of the state. Younger children (0 to 12 years) from across Victoria can be referred to the Child Inpatient Unit. Patients from the Paediatric Ward and Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital, whose stay in hospital is considered long enough to affect their learning, can be referred to the Paediatric Ward Programs.

Young people who are outpatients of Austin CYMHS can be referred to short term programs by their case manager which are designed to support students’ social and emotional learning and assist in their return to an educational or vocational setting.

We offer a range of targeted programs for both primary and secondary aged students who are from both government and non-government schools. Liaison with home schools is an integral component of The Austin School’s programs. Attendance for all students is for the short term.
For further information about the school contact our school office on 9496 5324.

For more information on Austin CYMHS, visit their website at: https://www.austin.org.au/mental-lhealth/child-and-youth/

Alternatively, if you are concerned about a young person’s mental health and would like information, assessment or to make a referral, call Austin CYMHS Triage on 1300 859 789.

Principal’s Message

Welcome to The Austin School.

Thank you for visiting our website and taking the time to get to know our school.

As Principal of The Austin School, I am extremely proud of the work that we do to educate students who are experiencing mental health concerns and strive to build their personal, social and emotional learning needs. We have a professional and committed staff who endeavour to create learning environments to suit each of our individual students’ needs. Located on the site of the Austin Hospital, our facilities and gardens promote a sense of calmness and safety for our students, which we know is key to their success.

Staff work in close contact with parents, clinicians and the student’s base school to set and monitor learning goals and to ensure clear, consistent and supported plans are in place to enable the student to transition back to their base school or into other educational or vocational settings.

At The Austin School, we pride ourselves on our values, of being Inclusive, Curious and Respectful. We work with students, families and the wider community to ensure we are inclusive of all, curious about life and learning and respectful in how we approach our interactions with others.

I am extremely proud to lead the passionate and dedicated team at The Austin School who constantly push themselves to be at the forefront of education within the area of mental health.

Matthew Di Domenica

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