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Youth Mental Health Services and Reform

As part of the 2017-18 State Budget Government committed more than $68 million over four years for capital works to deliver a new statewide Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility (AETF) at The Prince Charles Hospital; two new Step Up Step Down Units in north Brisbane and south Brisbane; and refurbishment for two new adolescent day program spaces at Logan and the Gold Coast.

This follows implementation of the Government response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry, led by the Department of Health, in collaboration with key Government agencies and health consumers.

The Department of Health is committed to ongoing engagement and participation of health consumers and the co-design process for detailed design, model of service and integrated educational/vocational services.

Health Consumers Queensland is continuing to play an important role in supporting the safe, meaningful engagement of young people, families and the community throughout the co-design of new services.

We are working collaboratively with the Barrett community and other mental health consumers to ensure that our strategic advice to the Department and our facilitation of appropriate engagement activities are always informed by their needs and preferences.

For more information about this ongoing work, the Implementation, the Commission of Inquiry, the Report Recommendations and the Government Response, please go to the Youth Mental Health page on the Queensland Health website


How to get involved

There are a range of ways you can get involved and stay up to date on the development and design of services in Queensland for young people with severe mental health issues.

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Follow HCQ social media – Facebook or Twitter

Check out the Severe Youth Mental Health website www.severeyouthmentalhealth.org developed by members of the public advocating for those affected by severe and complex adolescent mental health issues following the tragic handling of the Barrett Centre closure

Remember, your privacy and anonymity will always be protected.


24-hour telephone helplines

If you need to talk to someone, call:

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978

Work on the new Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility continues on schedule

The past 12 months have seen the continuation of work on the proposed Youth Mental Health Capital Program including a number of co-design workshops focused on the design of the centre as well as the design of the two new Youth Step Up Step Down facilities and two new Day Programs. Consumers and Carers are involved at all levels of the work in a number of different committees, groups and workshops.

A Youth Mental Health Program Oversight Committee established by Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB), Clinical Excellence Division, Department of Health oversees the Youth Mental Health Program developed as result of the successful implementation of the Government response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre (BAC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report.

The Youth Mental Health Program has two streams – capital and reform. The Framework for Youth Mental Health Reform identifies five key areas of work:

  1. Strengthening child and youth mental health policy and planning in Queensland
  2. Transitions – child and youth mental health services to adult mental health services
  3. Adolescent Extended Treatment Services Enhancement which includes the capital stream of work
  4. Evaluation, Research, clinical quality and safety
  5. Dual Disability (intellectual disability and mental illness).

The Youth Mental Health – Capital Program will deliver:

  • A new statewide 12-bed adolescent mental health treatment facility on the campus of The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Two new 6-bed youth Step Up Step Down Units in north and south Brisbane
  • Refurbishment for two new 15-place adolescent Day Program spaces in Logan and Gold Coast.

For the latest communiques from the Project Oversight Committee, please click here.

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS) is leading the commissioning of the Adolescent Extended Treatment facility, including development of operational processes, workforce recruitment, and ongoing service provision and facility management, under the direction of the AET Facility Commissioning Steering Committee as part of the Youth Mental Health Program being progressed by the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB), Department of Health. You can read the communique from the first meeting here https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/726819/aet-communique-201808.pdf

Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry Consumer and Carer Engagement Final Report

We asked, you said, we did: moving forward together

August 2017

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.



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Leonie Sanderson is our Engagement Advisor. Leonie has over 20 years of experience working in the consumer, engagement and community space and is looking forward to achieving positive outcomes on this significant project.


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