Jacaranda Place provides specialist extended care and intensive treatment for young people who are experiencing severe and complex mental health issues. It’s the first centre of its kind in Australia, delivering specialist care and support to young people in a safe, supportive and structured environment, with treatment focused on improving life skills, and increasing a young person’s capacity and confidence to successfully reconnect with their family and community.
The centre offers two main services:
- The Jacaranda Place Adolescent Unit which offers an intensive, sub-acute inpatient service for young people from across Queensland. Length of stay in the adolescent unit can vary depending on individual needs but can range from a couple of weeks to up to 6 months.
- The Jacaranda Place Day Program which enables young people to attend the program up to 5 days per week and remain living at home and engaged in their local community. Young people can attend the program for a period of 9 to 12 months.
We work in partnership with young people and their families
Our multidisciplinary team works collaboratively with young people and their families, parents and carers and other support networks, to help achieve individual recovery goals. The team includes psychologists, nurses, doctors, dietitians, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, art and music therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, carer consultants and a peer workforce.
We also work in close partnership with a young person’s school, community-based care team and/or private psychiatrist to ensure a smooth transition into and out of Jacaranda Place.
Designed with young people in mind
Young people with a lived experience of mental health care, their carers, clinicians, educators and First Nations people helped co-design Jacaranda Place to ensure it delivered a safe, effective and healing environment that meets the needs of young people and their families. Young people who use the centre will be moving into a new ‘home’ (even if just briefly), so we have worked hard to make sure it is welcoming, comfortable and reassuring to everyone who needs it. The centre includes:
- A visitor’s lounge for parents, siblings, extended family and friends to visit young people, away from clinical areas.
- Nine outdoor courtyards with a variety of purposes including physical activity and sports and break-out areas for quiet reflection and time with family.
- An art room, music room and a gym.
- Onsite accommodation for family members and carers of young people visiting from regional or rural areas, to help support ongoing family and social connections.
- A special collection of artworks co-curated by consumers, carers and clinicians in consultation with Children’s Health Queensland’s Arts in Health Program.
Keeping connected with school and learning
Children’s Health Queensland partners with the Department of Education to provide an integrated educational and mental health treatment service for young people at Jacaranda Place. While staying as an inpatient in the Adolescent Unit, young people can access onsite education through the Queensland Children’s’ Hospital School. Our teachers and clinical staff work with young people, families, as well as base schools and vocational pathways to ensure students receive specialised and individualised education support.
A special collection of more than 60 artworks was co-curated for the walls of Jacaranda Place to help create an environment that welcomes, reassures, engages and distracts. The works chosen in consultation with consumers, carers, and clinicians as part of Children’s Health Queensland Arts In Health program. The collection is as diverse as the exceptional young people who are treated there and it helps create the healing and engaging environment, they all deserve.
Why ‘Jacaranda’ Place?
The centre overlooks a row of spectacular Jacaranda Trees lining the street outside but there’s more to the name than that. The name reflects the strength and resilience of the iconic Jacaranda Tree, which is considered by many as a symbol of wisdom, rebirth and good luck. The Jacaranda is a hardy tree that can grow in difficult conditions, blooming once a year, when its true beauty is shown in full colour. We believe this symbology connects nicely with the challenges and recovery journeys of the young people who are cared for at the centre.