A NEW mental health facility for adolescents will be built in Brisbane next year, it has been revealed.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday announced the new bed-based extended treatment and rehabilitation centre will be built at The Prince Charles Hospital campus.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the Commission of Inquiry into the Barrett Adolescent Centre identified the urgent need for a new centre with a new model of care to treat young people living with severe and complex mental health issues.
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“We promised to implement the recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry regarding a new facility, and the campus of Prince Charles Hospital is the ideal location, near schools, transport and recreation,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The Prince Charles Hospital is one of Queensland’s best, with a strong research culture and long history of providing mental health services.
“We will now work with consumers and families, including those directly associated with the former Barrett Adolescent Centre to ensure we are delivering care that meets the community’s current and future needs.
“Over the coming months, we will work closely with experts, families and consumers to define the specific design of the facility.”
Mr Dick said although the new facility was “essential”, it was just one part of a broader plan to “reform and improve services for young people”.
“While we are building a new centre, it’s important to note we are not simply replicating the Barrett Centre, we are developing a new model of care that will support at-risk Queensland adolescents in the most appropriate way,” he said.
“To do this, we’ll be working very closely with the individuals and families associated with the former Barrett Centre as their ongoing involvement is integral to the development of this new service model.
“Evidence shows these young people need access to a suite of treatment and rehabilitation options across the continuum of care to enable them to move between levels of service.
“The levels of care will reflect changes in the acuity, severity and complexity of their mental illness and associated needs at any time.
“We are allocating 25 per cent of our $350 million five year plan for mental health, alcohol and drug services, Connecting Care to Recovery towards new services for children and young people.
“We will also be putting new community based youth mental health teams on the ground across Queensland, building on additional youth residential rehabilitation services we have already opened in Townsville.”
Mr Dick said the new facility would add to the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to make Queenslanders among the healthiest in the world by 2026, as detailed in the government’s 10-year vision for health.
Construction of the facility will begin in 2017.
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