For schools

Our program is run by Ed-LinQ Coordinators who are senior mental health clinicians.

We work with child and youth mental health services (CYMHS), community mental health support services and all State, Catholic and Independent schools across Queensland. This includes primary and high schools.

Our coordinators help school staff support their students who are experiencing, or at risk of mental illness by:

  • offering consultation, accessing mental health services and referrals if needed
  • providing mental health education and training to school staff
  • supporting different services, such as Health, Education and non-government organisations, to work together to address the mental health needs of students.

We don’t work directly with children, young people or their families.

For more information read our Statewide Ed-LinQ Program Visual Model.

For families

If you’re worried about your child’s mental health or you’re looking for mental health services, please contact your local child and youth mental health service.

If your child's life is in danger call Triple Zero (000) or go to your nearest emergency department.

If it’s not urgent, talk to your GP, local child and youth mental health service or your child’s school about your concerns. They’ll be able to contact an Ed-LinQ Coordinator for you.

Using our service

We have coordinators in the following hospital and health services. Most are based in child and youth mental health service locations.

Cairns and Hinterland
Karina Stevenson and Toma Hartley
Phone: 07 4226 2700

Central Queensland
Allison Farrow (Gladstone CYMHS)
Phone: 07 4976 3244
Josie Bridgeman (Emerald CYMHS)
Phone: 07 4983 9750

Children’s Health Queensland
Samantha Finnis and Caroline Deegan
Phone: 07 3310 9444

Darling Downs
Zac Vains (Toowoomba CYMHS)
Phone: 07 4616 5758
Anita Smith (South Burnett and Western Downs CYMHS)
Phone: 07 4169 2632

Gold Coast
Justine Looney
Phone: 0403 604 194

Danielle Mayer (Mackay CYMHS)
Phone: 07 4968 3893

Metro North
Rebecca Atkinson (Redcliffe CYMHS)
Georgia Grattan (Caboolture CYMHS)
Phone: 07 5316 3100

Metro South
Pete Burns (Logan CYMHS)
Phone: 07 3089 4100

North West  TBA
Phone: 07 4744 7103 (Mt Isa CYMHS)

South West HHS
Angie Gorry (South West CYMHS)
Phone: 07 4624 2700

Sunshine Coast
Judy Jasinski (Sunshine Coast CYMHS)
Phone: 07 5409 9111
Lisa Wilson (Gympie CYMHS)
Phone: 07 5489 8777

Torres and Cape
Nicholas Madgwick
Phone: 07 4226 5236

Lee Town
Phone: 07 4433 9004

West Moreton
Caron Cahill (Goodna CYMHS)
Jodi Clayton (Ipswich CYMHS)
Phone: 07 3817 2360

Wide Bay
Natalie Crofts (Bundaberg CYMHS)
Phone: 07 4150 2600
Claire Williams (Hervey Bay CYMHS)
Phone: 07 4128 5400

Do I need a referral?

You don’t need a referral to use our service.

If you work in a school or with school aged children or young people, you can contact your local Ed-LinQ Coordinator directly. They’ll be able give you more information about our services and how they may be able to support you.

About our program

The Ed-LinQ Program was created to make it easier for schools and healthcare providers to work together. It helps identify and care for school aged children and young people who are at risk of or experiencing mental health problems or mental illness.

Training and development

We deliver training and professional development workshops across Queensland for educators. This includes a statewide online training calendar, as well as developing targeted training packages and working with individual schools where needed.

Contact us

You can contact our Statewide Ed-LinQ Coordinators, Clea Headley or Ally Barrington, by either:

We’re open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Last updated: October 2023