The Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) at Children’s Health Queensland recently held a seminar focusing on what’s happening in Brisbane’s Youth Alcohol and other Drug Sector as part of their Infant, Child, Family and Youth Seminar Series.


The CYMHS specialises in helping infants, children and young people up to the age of 18 years who have complex mental health needs.

BYS Drug and Alcohol Intervention workers, Sian and Denise, presented at the seminar about BYS’s work in this space, the challenges young people are facing and their experience working to support young people with alcohol and other drug issues. There was a focus on the BYS Street Outreach program, as well as the AOD programs that BYS run for young people such as The Substance Information Circle (SIC Group), and the outcomes they achieve.

Sharing our practical experience and evidence informed practice approach and outcomes data across the sector is an important part of our work to ensure outcomes for young people are optimised.



This was also a great chance for Brisbane Youth Service to build and strengthen the relationship with other organisations in the AOD sector in Brisbane. Various organisations attended the seminar ranging from Mental Health to Education providers. There were presentations from AOD services such as Dovetail, Hot House (BIALA), Open Doors and Clarence Street.