Barret Adolescent Centre Inquiry commences

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The Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry commenced on 14th September 2015. In accordance with its terms of reference, the Inquiry will be examining a number of factors relating to the decision to close the Barret Adolescent Centre and matters associated with the implementation of this decision.  The Honourable Margaret Wilson QC has been appointed as Commissioner.

PeakCare is especially interested in the recommendations that may be appropriately made by the Commissioner about “clinically appropriate models of care for intensive mental health services to young people with severe and complex mental illness”, as allowed for within the terms of reference.

In PeakCare’s Roundtables Report 2015, we reported on concerns expressed by our Members about the insufficient number of specialised child and youth mental health services, difficulties being experienced in readily accessing those that do exist and the “much higher use of prescribed psychotropic medications by children from Queensland than those living in other States and Territories” which may be attributable, at least in part, to the absence of specialised services.  In PeakCare’s ‘State Budget 2015-16: What’s good, what’s bad, what’s missing?’ report, we acknowledged the budget allocation made for purposes of honouring the Government’s election promise to “rebuild mental health care for young people”.

Clearly, there is an intersection between child protection and the child and youth mental health service system.  We are hopeful that the findings of this Inquiry and the promised investment in rebuilding mental health care for young care will assist in achieving a better understanding and management of this intersection.

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