Acute Response Team

The Acute Response Team provides mental health triage and assessment to children and young people up to 18 years who come to the Emergency Department in acute crisis. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Acute Response Team will also refer children, young people and their families/carers to services for their ongoing care. We can also provide ongoing phone support, follow up and advice where needed.

Who can access this service?

Children and young people aged up to 18 years who attend the Queensland Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and require a mental health assessment.

Catchment area

This service is available to children living in the greater Brisbane catchment area.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Patients are referred by the Queensland Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

Other referral information

Children, young people and their families/carers can contact our crisis line service 24 hours 7 days per week on 07 3068 2555.

Information for health professionals

The Acute Response Team (ART) is an important component on the continuum of care for young people with mental health issues.

The ART works within a client-centred and family orientated model of care focused on early intervention, systemic assessment and diagnosis. The team provides support and advice on mental health concerns and facilitates access to appropriate services to meet the individual needs of the young people and their families. The ART works in partnership with primary and secondary service providers to support and enhance the mental health and well-being of young people who present in crisis to the at the Queensland Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

Young people presenting to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital or the Prince Charles Hospital will be seen by the Acute Response Team and referred to CYMHS for follow up.

Clinicians can contact our crisis line service for crisis advice and management. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 07 3068 2555.

Who may benefit from this service

  • Patients who currently access services at a Child and Youth Mental Health Service.
  • Severe and complex mental health presentations.

Our team

Directors

Operational Director – Judi Krause

Medical Director – Dr Stephen Stathis M.B.B.S., FRANZCP, Cert Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, DTM&H, MSc

Hospital psychiatrists

Medical Director – Dr Jillian Spencer MBBS (Hons), BmedSci, FRANZCP, Cert Forensic Psychiatry, Cert Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr Kara Forde MB BCh BAO FRANZCP,Cert Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr Jannie Geertsema MBCHB, AMC, FRANZCP, Cert Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr Brendan McGuire MBBS, FRANZCP
Dr Susan Wilson MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP, Cert Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Advanced Certificate Mental Health Sciences PIMH (University of Melbourne)
Dr John Varghese M.B.B.S ,FRANZCP,RANZP Cert Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr Ray Cash MBBS, FRANZCP
Dr Maria Hanger MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP

This service is available at

Acute Response Team
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Level 1
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 2560 (administration)
t: 07 3068 2555

Operating hours

24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Resources

Child and Youth Mental Health Service locations map