Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

The Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit provides specialist mental health assessment and treatment within an inpatient setting. We provide care for young people aged between 14 and 18 years who are experiencing severe and/or complex mental health difficulties.

Young people who are admitted to our unit have complex mental health issues that require intensive inpatient treatment, including (but not limited to):

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • psychotic disorders
  • other symptoms that impact on their functioning (e.g. feeling suicidal).

During an admission, our staff will work closely with young people and their families/carers to develop individualised goals that will assist the young person with their journey to recovery.

Who can access this service?

The Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit provides specialist mental health care for children and young people who:

  • are aged between 14-18 years
  • are under the care of a Community Youth Mental Health Service
  • are under the care of a private psychiatrist
  • have presented to an emergency department for an acute mental health assessment requiring admission.

Catchment area

The Brisbane South Metropolitan area is the primary catchment area, however young people from other areas may be accepted on a case by case basis. Contact us to find out if you fall within the catchment area.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals for acute or planned inpatient admissions can be made by:

  • Community Child and Youth Mental Health Services
  • emergency departments
  • private psychiatrists.

Other referral information

If there are concerns regarding a child or young person’s mental health you are encouraged to speak with your GP or other helping professional.

If a child or young person is acutely unwell, please present to the nearest emergency department for a mental health assessment. In an emergency phone 000 for an ambulance.

Information for health professionals

Referrals to the Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit for acute or planned inpatient admissions can be made by calling 073068 2560.

If you are concerned regarding a child or young person’s mental health you are encouraged to speak with the young person’s GP or health care provider.

If the child or young person is acutely unwell, please advise them to present to their nearest emergency department for a mental health assessment. In an emergency phone 000 for an ambulance.

Who may benefit from this service

  • Adolescents with severe and complex mental health issues.

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

Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit
Queensland Children’s Hospital

Level 8
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 2560 (administration)
t: 07 3068 2559 (nursing staff)
f: 07 3068 2509
e: lcch_amhu@health.qld.gov.au 

Operating hours

24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Visiting hours

Monday to Friday, 3pm-7pm.
Weekends and public holidays, 9am-7pm. 

Related services

Acute Response Team
Emergency Department

Resources

View all mental health fact sheets
Child and Youth Mental Health Service locations map