Referrals and resources

School Refusal Program referrals and resources

Private Psychologists

A GP can make a referral under the Better Mental Health Plan for you to access a rebate for psychological services.

We recommend the following psychologists with School Refusal experience:

Or use the Australian Psychological Society's Find a Pshcyologist online service.

Alternate schooling options

  • Alia College (Secondary) - 405 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East 3123
  • Berengarra (Secondary) - 43 Harrison Street, Box Hill North 3129
  • Berry Street (Education, Training and Employment) - Gippsland, Morwell, Noble Park, Richmond, Shepparton and Watsonia
  • Cheshire School (prep to grade four) - 583 Ferntree Gully Rd, Glen Waverley 3150
  • Oakwood School (10 to 18 years) - 1 Camellia Avenue, Noble Park North 3174

Helpful Books

For families

Aisbett, B (various) Living with It book series (books on anxiety and panic attacks). Harper Collins Publishers.

Kearney, C (2007) Getting Your Child to Say "Yes" to School. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rapee, R, Spence, S, Wignall, A and Cobham, V (2008) Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step by Step Guide for Parents (2nd Edition). Oakland, California: New Harbinger.

Wever, C (1994) The School Wobblies. Sydney: Shrink Rap Press.

For professionals

Heyne, D and Rollings, S (2002) School Refusal. Oxford: British Psychological Society and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Hidson, J, Rapee, R, Schniering, C and Wignall, A (2000) Treating Anxious Children and Adolescents: An Evidence-Based Approach. Oakland, California: New Harbinger.

Kearney, C and Albano, A (2007) When Children Refuse School: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work). New York: Oxford University Press.

Kearney, C (2008) Helping School Refusing Children and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals. New York: Oxford University Press.

King, N, Ollendick, T and Tonge, B (1995) School Refusal: Assessment and Treatment. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Youth Mental Health Websites - General Information

General Parent/Family Support

Phone lines

  • Parent Line - 13 22 89
  • Carers Victoria - 1800 242 636
  • Kids Help Line (24hr service) - 1800 551 800
  • Lifeline (24hr service) - 13 11 14