Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre Steering Committee: Carer Representative
Carers with experience or interest in child and youth mental health are invited to submit expressions of interest for a representative position on the Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre Steering Committee.
As part of the 2017-18 State Budget, the Government committed to deliver a new Statewide Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre (AETC) on The Prince Charles Hospital Campus, to be owned and operated by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ).
CHQ, in collaboration with the Department of Health, other key Government agencies, and health consumers, has established an AETC Steering Committee to ensure effective governance of the AETC commissioning process. A carer position on the committee has recently become vacant.
The Committee is to ensure advice and direction is provided to support timely and successful delivery of the AETC, and the necessary systems and processes to deliver a quality, safe, and inclusive mental health service. The Committee is chaired by Frank Tracey, Chief Executive, Children’s Health Queensland, and meetings are held on a monthly basis.
There are currently two consumer and two carer representative positions on this committee. This EOI is for a vacant carer representative position.
Health Consumers Queensland is working closely with Queensland Health, the Barrett community of former patients, family, friends, young mental health consumers, and carers in Queensland to make sure consumer and community needs are considered during the establishment of the new AETC.
In addition to sharing experiences from a carer or family member perspective, carer representatives will:
Provide information and feedback to the group
Provide direct advice to inform developing solutions/decision making
Provide feedback to be considered and influence future solutions or decision making
Who is it for?
Carers with experience or interest in child and youth mental health
The Department of Health is committed to ongoing engagement and participation of health consumers following the Government’s response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry report. See the youth mental health website for further information: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/improvement/youthmentalhealth
As part of the 2017-18 State Budget, the Government committed to deliver a new State-wide Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre (AETC) at The Prince Charles Hospital, to be owned and operated by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ).
Health Consumers Queensland is working closely with Children’s Health Queensland, including the Barrett community, young mental health consumers, and carers in Queensland to make sure consumer and community needs are considered during the development and commissioning of the new AETC.
Role of Consumers and Carers
Recruitment for the operation of the Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre will commence in the latter half of 2019. Consumers and carers are being invited to participate in recruitment selection panels.
Participating consumers and carers will be asked to assess applicants from a consumer and carer perspective based on how they interact with them, and how confident and comfortable they are with that clinician/person caring for them or their family.
Remuneration and Support
Recruitment and selection training will be provided to prepare consumers and carers and is a pre-requisite for participation on Selection Panels. This 90-minute training session will include:
· An overview of recruitment and selection processes
· The role of the consumer/carer representative
· Conflict of interest, confidentiality, selection reports
Consumers and carers will be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses, and remunerated for time spent training, pre-reading, shortlisting, and interviewing at $40 per hour. Consumers and carers will also be provided with the opportunity for a pre-brief and post-interview debrief.
How to Apply
Consumers and carers in the South-East Queensland area with lived experience of child and youth mental health are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in AETC recruitment, including attendance at the recruitment and selection training.
In your response, please address the following questions:
· Why would you like to participate in the AETC recruitment?
· What would you bring to the recruitment process?
· What is your experience in being a consumer and or carer representative?
· What is your lived experience of child and youth mental health services?
The Department of Health is committed to ongoing engagement and participation of health consumers following the work done implementing the Government response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry report. See the youth mental health website for further information: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/improvement/youthmentalhealth
An opportunity for a consumer representative is now available on the Project Implementation Group. The Project Implementation Group oversees the capital program to ensure projects are managed and advice/direction is provided to support the timely and successful delivery of the mental health facilities. Meetings are held monthly and the group will meet throughout 2019 until scheduled completion of construction for the capital program. The successful applicant will join another consumer representative and a carer representative, already on the group.
Health Consumers Queensland is working closely with Queensland Health, the Barrett community of former patients, family and friends and young mental health consumers and carers in Queensland, to ensure consumer and community needs are considered during the construction and commissioning phase of the youth mental health – capital program.
Consumers with experience in child and youth mental health are invited to submit expressions of interest for a representative position on the Project Implementation Group. Mental Health Consumers between the ages of 18 and 25 years are encouraged to apply.
Please complete this Expression of Interest and email to Leonie Sanderson: firstname.lastname@example.org by midday Friday 22 February 2019. Please phone Leonie on 0437 637 033 if you are interested in applying but are unable to submit by this date.
WE ASKED, YOU SAID, WE DID: MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER
The final Steering Committee meeting held on 19 July marked the end of this stage of the implementation of the Barrett Commission of Inquiry Recommendations. Health Consumers Queensland has also provided a final written report as well as a short video final report.
Twelve Youth Mental Health Forums were held across the state, with representatives from Health Consumers Qld, Queensland Health and the Department of Education presenting on the Barrett Commission of Inquiry Implementation Project. You can stay up to date with the outcomes from the forums at the Queensland Health website www.health.qld.gov.au/improvement/youthmentalhealth
The final Implementation Steering Committee meeting will be held on 19 July and further information on the next phase of this work will be made available as soon as possible. With the exciting announcement in the Queensland Budget of a $70M allocation to the new facility, 2 Step Up/
Step Down facilities and 2 Day Programs, there is still much work to be done.
Final reports on each aspect of the implementation will be made available also on the Queensland Health website.