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Report into Barrett Centre finalised

A report into the Barrett Adolescent Centre (BAC) has commended the work of staff in their management of the centre’s closure earlier this year.

Queensland Health Director-General Ian Maynard said the report, completed by independent reviewers Associate Professor Beth Kotzé and Ms Tania Skippen, found that staff had ‘gone the extra mile’ to properly transition patients out of the centre.

“The transition process where the service moved from being an inpatient model to a community model of care is recognised internationally as being very complex and difficult.”

“Transitioning care at any time can be difficult for patients and staff, but the report has found the transition plans were thorough and comprehensive, that personal care was not adversely affected, and the services they were transitioned to were considered appropriate.”

Mr Maynard said the report’s authors noted the ‘meticulous’ planning that went into transitioning patients out of BAC, which considered each person’s best interests at the core of the process.

“I appreciate staff experienced time pressures and I commend their professionalism and absolute dedication to ensuring the best outcomes for these young people was achieved.”

He said in some instances, receiving services took exceptional steps when accepting referrals of former BAC clients.

“This again reflects the commitment of staff with the independent reviewers noting there were no examples of people being left behind or suitable services not being identified for them.”

“The clients’ diagnoses and treatment requirements made transition planning an enormous undertaking for staff. This was made more difficult by the prolonged inpatient care model that had been in place.

“This model as we now know is not in-line with best practice standards for young people with mental health conditions which is why the decision was made to transition these people into community care.

“Given the sensitivities surrounding the transition of people from institutional to a community model of care, I think the report’s findings are reassuring.”

Mr Maynard said both families and former BAC staff had been informed of the report’s findings.

The report can be read online.

Last updated: 5 November 2014