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 Developments page, the initial stages of the response to the recommendations from the BACCOI wrapped up in August 2017 and the next stage began in October of the same year. As noted in regard to the first stage, ‘many of the reports are the foundation for future action following mapping activities, research, focus groups, forums and other forms of consultation. So in order for practical progress to be made in ways that will directly impact young people and their families and communities, there needs to be an ongoing commitment from government to continue the process by ensuring that the creation of services, approaches and strategies that have been indicated as important become a reality across Queensland.’ So current work aims to build upon the foundations created by fulfilling the recommendations to develop new and betters services that will always be improving to meet the needs of young Queenslanders and their families. To meet those needs, consumers and carers WILL ALWAYS HAVE TO BE INVOLVED. There is no substitute for experience. And if, unfortunately, that experience has been negative, those who have to power to ensure things change must know about it to make sure others don’t have to tread the same path.
Health Consumers Queensland has been asked to continue their involvement as things proceed, recognising the importance of ongoing engagement with consumers and carers in order to put the findings of the response to the BACCOI Recommendations into practice.
The dedicated Engagement Advisor on this issue will continue to be Leonie Sanderson.
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 will include:
- 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.
The Department of Health and the Department of Education and Training (DET) are continuing to work in collaboration to deliver on this commitment.
The co-design process for the model of service, concept design of the facility, staffing profiles, integrated educational/vocational services and funding requirements will continue through to the next phase of development.
There will be further opportunities for consumers, carers, families, and other young people, and infrastructure, education and clinical representatives to continue to be involved in this process.
So, with much work still to be done in relation to all the recommendations, 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.