Showing your support in any way is always welcome.
As we focus on ensuring the best services possible for those suffering due to severe and complex youth mental health issues, input from those with an interest in or understanding of this issue will be invaluable.
When there are ways that you can do something …
- spread the word on social media
- send an email
- or even participate directly in service development
… we’ll let you know how below.
RIGHT NOW, you can TAKE ACTION …
As indicated on the Queensland Health website, the government’s commitment of more than $68M for capital works to rebuild and expand mental healthcare services for young people includes:
- the delivery of a new Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility at The Prince Charles Hospital (Recommendation #4);
- two new Step Up Step Down Units in north Brisbane and south Brisbane; and
- the refurbishment for two new adolescent day program spaces at Logan and the Gold Coast.
So as planning continues for the Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility (AETF), the co-design approach continues for the planning of the :
TWO NEW ‘STEP UP STEP DOWN’ UNITS
TWO NEW ADOLESCENT DAY PROGRAMS
Health Consumers Queensland continues their involvement as things proceed in order to facilitate the engagement of consumers and carers that will ensure that future services meet the needs of those who will be accessing them.
Leonie Sanderson continues to be the dedicated Engagement Advisor.
If you are interested in participating in the infrastructure co-design that will assist and inform design development of these facilities – or you know someone who might be – click here to download the Expression of Interest (EOI) form to be completed and submitted to Leonie Sanderson.
Different aspects of involvement require different time commitments so it’s possible to find a way of contributing that will suit your regular obligations. Participants are assisted with transport and/or access to meetings and financial reimbursement for their time. It’s hoped that individuals from rural and regional areas and a range of cultural background will be able to contribute in order to meet the needs of every young person who will need effective services in the future.
Forms were to be submitted by noon on the 2nd of April 2018 but if you have been unable to submit by this date but are still interested in applying, please phone Leonie on 0437 637 033.)
CONSULTATION WORKSHOP ON EDUCATION
INVITES COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS
As part of the Queensland Department of Education’s commitment to developing and implementing a statewide continuum of educational delivery to support all young people recovering from chronic health or complex mental health conditions, an upcoming forum is open to anyone with ideas and feedback, particularly those with lived experience in the area. The workshop will be held on
Monday 30 April, 9.15am–12.00pm
Conference Room, Autism Hub & Reading Centre (AHRC)
141 Merton Road (Cnr Park Road), Woolloongabba
Those interested in participating can click here to go to the Eventbrite page for registration or via this post on severeyouthmentalhealth.org
With much work still to be done to ensure that young people have access to the full system of services and support they need, there will be ongoing opportunities for you to GET INVOLVED!
To keep up to date on what you can do,
where developments will be outlined. AND if you go to the base of the page, you can input your email address to ‘stay up to date with Health Consumers Queensland’s work on the Barrett Inquiry‘?
If you follow/subscribe to this site – severeyouthmentalhealth.org
(by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page)
you’ll receive an email when a new UPDATE POST is published.
These will outline the progress of improved services and approaches for the severe and complex adolescent cohort as well as OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSUMERS & CARERS to be key contributors to ensure that the needed treatment options, strategies and service cohesion become readily available ASAP. (Links in the posts will make accessing information and the required procedures for involvement in forums/workshops etc. as easy as possible.)
(When appropriate, posts may also include some information on ways that the public can have input into mental health services on a national level or provide their unique lived experience in ways that will create a more supportive environment in the future for carers and consumers in this area.)
BY CONTACTING THE CORONER TO
– PROVIDE INFORMATION TO ASSIST WITH THE INQUEST
Contact the Queensland State Coroner at State.Coroner@justice.qld.gov.au or write to Qld State Coroner, Dept of Justice & Attorney-General, Level 1, Brisbane Magistrates Court, 363 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 to provide any information that may be helpful in the examination of the causes of the tragic deaths of former Barrett Centre patients.
Queensland’s Attorney General has confirmed that a collective inquest WILL take place into the deaths of Talieha Nebauer, Will Fowell and Caitlin Wilkinson Whiticker. A date has yet to be confirmed.