8 November 2012
Online petition started (garnering 4000+ signatures within a month)
5 March 2013
6 August 2013
7 August 2013
Summary of Recommendations of Expert Clinical Reference Group released – indicating that Tier 3/Extended inpatient treatment with onsite school is ESSENTIAL and to close such a service without adequate replacement facilities puts young people at risk
Qld Health announces that Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) has been given statewide governance over mental health extended treatment and rehabilitation for adolescents
30 August 2013
Advocates for Barrett Community meet with executives of West Moreton HHS and Dr Stephen Stathis (CHQ) to ensure that an inpatient extended service will be available on the closure of Barrett (Document provided to CHQ, WMHHS and Health Minister.) Dr Stathis states that there will be Tier 3 facility with access to schooling. A commitment by WMHHS and CHQ is made for better communication with families/carers and patients.
11 September 2013
Advocates for Barrett Community meet with Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Lesley van Schoubroek to stress the high risk nature of the Barrett young people’s mental health conditions (particularly with the standing aside of a key clinician the previous night) and the need for flexibility in the closure timeline. (Document provided to MHC and Health Minister.) The Commissioner indicates she is yet to read the ECRG report but she will pass on concerns to Health Minister.
Barrett parent goes to Commission for Children Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG) who note her concerns and, already aware of the pending closure, agree to look further into the situation.
4 November 2013
Education Queensland confirms that Barrett School will relocate temporarily to Yeronga State High School to provide educational services for young people able to access the site from other residential options.
11 December 2013
Final patients moved from Barrett to alternate service options – the centre is officially closed.
1 April 2014
April 2014 – August 2014
Three former Barrett patients pass away
Our thoughts are always with them and their family and friends – they will never be forgotten.
17 July 2014
8 August 2014
Dr Stephen Stathis (CHQ) outlines “Rolls Royce” plan for youth mental health treatment. No Tier 3 facility is included and all other options are not suitable for severe and complex Barrett cohort (with many not accepting high-risk patients).
24 August 2014
5 November 2014
Report commissioned by DG Health Ian Maynard into closure/transition is released but omits input from patients, families, Barrett education staff and staff in post-transition options or any assessment of whether post-transition services were appropriate/adequate.
7 November 2014
9 November 2014
Labor Opposition commits to full Inquiry into closure and a comprehensive plan for mental healthcare for young people including a Tier 3 facility.
26 November 2014
DG Health, Ian Maynard meets with Barrett parents following lobbying from supporters to do so. Parents request a multidisciplinary review into care arrangements for former Barrett patients; access to adolescent acute service for young people over 18 years deemed in need by clinical assessment; and a wider range of support for parents.
5 December 2014
ABC report reveals Coroner’s intention for inquest into the deaths of three former Barrett patients.
Labor wins government in Queensland.
Commission of Inquiry into closure announced.