Jacaranda Place

Queensland Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre

Jacaranda Place is an adolescent extended treatment centre for young people across Queensland who have severe and complex mental health issues. It includes a 12-bed residential service and a 10-place Day Program delivered in partnership with the Department of Education to provide an integrated educational and mental health treatment service. Located at Chermside, Brisbane, the service provides a safe, supportive and structured environment for young people, focused on improving their overall function, and increasing their capacity and confidence to successfully transition back to their community. Find out more about the centre.

Jacaranda Place Adolescent Unit Treatment Framework

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Who can access this service?

Referrals are accepted for young people aged 13 to 18 (with consideration of up to 21 years) who are currently accessing help from the Child and Youth Mental Health Service in Queensland or a private psychiatrist. The young person will also:

  1. be experiencing serious and complex mental health needs
  2. have not responded to their current mental health care, education and social supports, or less restrictive treatment options.
  3. Be willing to consider engaging with a recovery model of care.
  4. Benefit (in the judgement of a referral) from subacute extended inpatient treatment for up to six months depending on clinical need.

Catchment area

This statewide service is available for all young Queenslanders who meet the referral criteria.

Do I need a referral?

Yes, a formal referral is required to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals to Jacaranda Place are accepted from:

  • Queensland Child and Youth Mental Health Services
  • Private psychiatrist

Other referral information

The mental health team providing care for the young person will arrange a referral to Jacaranda Place. The Jacaranda Place team will then contact the family to arrange for any further information that might be required.

Information for health professionals

Referral criteria

All referrals to Jacaranda Place will be reviewed by the Jacaranda Place Referral and Review Panel (RRP). The RRP will meet fortnightly, or as required to review referrals to decide who is accepted for admission to Jacaranda Place and provide feedback to referrers, consumers, carers and other stakeholders.

The agenda and relevant clinical information will be collated by the Associate Clinical Nurse Consultant (ACNC) Transitions and emailed to the panel members three business days prior to the meeting.

The panel members will be the Jacaranda Place Medical Director (Chair), senior members of the Jacaranda Place team, the Jacaranda Place Consumer Carer Coordinator, a representative from the northern, central, and southern clinical cluster, current treating team, and invited guests as required e.g. the Jacaranda Place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker.

Referral instruction for CYMHS clinicians

The referring clinician is to complete an up to date Clinical Care Review Summary (CCRS) on CIMHA and present the young person at the treating team clinical review meeting for endorsement of the referral. Contact the Jacaranda Place Transitions Nurse on (07) 2105 6000 for a verbal handover of the referral and email the completed and endorsed CCRS to CHQ-JacarandaPlace-referrals@health.qld.gov.au

The Transitions Nurse will liaise directly with the young person’s referring clinician to collate any further information relevant to the referral and email to the panel three working days prior to the panel meeting. The referrer will be invited to attend the Panel Meeting to present the young person and take part in the discussion.

Referral instructions for private psychiatrists

Referring psychiatrists are asked to provide a comprehensive referral letter to the panel. The Transitions Nurse will liaise directly with the young person’s referring psychiatrist to collate any further information relevant to the referral and email to the panel three working days prior to the panel meeting. It is expected that the private psychiatrist will work in partnership with the Jacaranda Place treating team, in both treatment and discharge planning throughout the admission.

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Meet the team

Dr Arun Pillai, Medical Director

Dr Arun Pillai is a highly qualified child and adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience across the public and private mental health sectors in Australia. Most recently he has served as the clinical lead and consultant psychiatrist in child and youth mental health at West Moreton Hospital and Health Service. Prior to this, he worked in an extended mental health treatment setting within the private sector and at Monash Health in Victoria.

Emma HartEmma Hart, Assistant Director of Nursing

Emma Hart brings more than 25 years’ experience in mental health nursing to the role, having worked in consultation liaison, inpatient units, and day programs. Ms Hart led the commissioning of new adolescent inpatient units and day programs in Townsville and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and has played a leading role in the commissioning of the new adolescent extended treatment centre.

Ben OrfordBen Orford, Principal (Department of Education)

Ben Orford has worked in the education and health field for more than 10 years and is passionate about improving education delivery and outcomes for students with chronic health and complex mental health conditions. Prior to this appointment, Mr Orford filled the role of deputy principal at the Queensland Children’s Hospital School.

This service is available at

Jacaranda Place
78 Farnell Street
Chermside 4032

Contact details

t: 07 2105 6000

If you require urgent mental health advice, contact the Acute Response Team on 07 3068 2555 or dial 000

e:  CHQ-JacarandaPlace@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Jacaranda Place is an inpatient facility that is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Reception hours

Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm