Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and adolescent psychiatry is about diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have additionally undergone rigorous specialist training programme in Psychiatry before becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP). This means Psychiatrists are able to use a wide-range of treatment methods.

A child and adolescent psychiatrist "uses the knowledge of biological, psychological, and social factors in working with patients. Initially, a comprehensive diagnostic examination is performed to evaluate the current problem with attention to its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social components. The child and adolescent psychiatrist arrives at a diagnosis and diagnostic formulation which are shared with the patient and family. The child and adolescent psychiatrist then designs a treatment plan which considers all the components and discusses these recommendations with the child or adolescent and family."

An integrated approach to treatment may involve individual, group or family psychotherapy; medication; and/or consultation with other medical professionals, other allied health professsionals, or professionals from schools, juvenile courts, social agencies or other community organisations.


Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training & Qualifications

Child and adolescent psychiatrists have at least 11 years of training (most have more). They first complete a medical degree at University. Then they spend at least 1 or 2 years doing general medical training in hospitals. Next to become a psychiatrist they must do at least 5 years of psychiatry training under the supervision of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Specialist psychiatrist training is typically completed in public sector dealing with complex and acute cases of mental health. To become specialised in Child and Adolescents they must complete at least 2 years of specialised training in psychiatric work with children, adolescents, and their families in an accredited specialist training programme in child and adolescent psychiatry. This is also completed in public hospitals.

Our psychiatrist Dr Makielan offers following services:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Anxiety, Depression

  • ASD

  • ADHD

  • Complex Trauma

  • Gender Dysphoria,

  • School Refusal

  • Psychosis, etc​

  • Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry

  • Antenatal depression

  • Postnatal depression

  • Postpartum Psychosis, etc.

  • Adjustment difficulties with pregnancy or parenting

  • Grief associated with fertility and perinatal loss

  • Parent-child relationships difficulties​

  • Psychotherapy 

  • Individual Psychotherapy including Play Therapy, etc

  • Parent-Child Psychotherapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Adult Psychotherapy

  • See Psychotherapy for a complete list


Our location is easily accessible from most parts of Sydney.

Dolphin Tribe

Unit 4, 550 Blaxland Road


NSW 2122


By Healthlink (dolphint) or

Fax: 02 9167 7119

Ph: 1 800 270 888 

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