Closing date: close of business Friday, 12 October 2018



As part of the Youth Mental Health Program being progressed by Queensland Health, the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs (MHAOD) Branch has engaged the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) to develop an Evaluation Framework for the new adolescent extended treatment facility due to commence operation in 2020..

Expression of Interest Details

This Expression of Interest (EOI) is seeking members for an Advisory Group to be chaired by the QCMHR. The QCMHR project team is seeking to engage key stakeholders as part of consultations to ensure relevance and appropriateness of the evaluation framework from both technical and service user perspectives.

Project Governance

The Adolescent Extended Treatment (AET) Facility Evaluation Framework Advisory Group (Advisory Group) will provide advice and feedback on the indicative framework prior to endorsement being sought from the Executive Director, MHAODB ahead of implementation prior to the opening of the new facility. The project’s progress will be reported through the Youth Mental Health Oversight Committee established to oversee the Youth Mental Health Program.


The Department of Health in collaboration with consumers and carers, Department of Education, Health Consumers Queensland and other key stakeholders led the successful implementation of the Government response for the six recommendations of the Barrett Adolescent Centre (BAC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report to 30 June 2017. See the youth mental health website for further information

As part of delivering the Government response to recommendation 3, the QCMHR was engaged to identify existing clinical and program evaluation frameworks for extended treatment for adolescents and young people with severe, persistent and complex mental health issues. A copy of the QCMHR report can be viewed here.

Adolescent extended treatment (AET) facility

The Queensland Government committed more than $68M for capital works to rebuild and expand mental healthcare services for young people as part of the State Budget announcement on 13 June 2017.

This includes delivery of a new adolescent extended treatment (AET) facility to be built on The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) campus in Brisbane. The facility will operationalize a new state-wide AET Model of Service (MOS) extending the continuum of mental health service options available to adolescents experiencing severe and complex mental health issues and their families/carers. The facility will provide integrated mental health and educational/vocational inpatient treatment (12 beds) and rehabilitation for an extended period (target length of stay up to 6 months) for young people across Queensland aged 13 to 18 experiencing severe and complex mental health issues with the least possible disruption to their family, educational, social and community connections.

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS) is leading the commissioning of this facility as part of the Youth Mental Health Program.

Role of the Consumer

The MHAODB are seeking one consumer and one carer member for this Advisory Group to be chaired by the QCMHR.
Advisory Group members will need to be able to commit the time to attend meetings and provide feedback on material out of session in a timely fashion.

Who is this for?

Consumers and carers with experience or interest in mental health, specifically interested in the evaluation framework for the new AET facility are invited to submit expressions of interest for membership of this advisory group.

Time and Location

It is anticipated that the Advisory Group will meet as follows:
Duration: Four hours duration (9am-1pm)
Frequency: Every three months starting from 22 November 2018
Total Number of Meetings: Three to four meetings throughout the project
Venue: UQCCR Building, Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Campus, Herston Brisbane.
Prior to the first Advisory Group a member from the Project Team will make a time to meet with you to provide you with context and an outline of the planned Advisory Group activities.

Remuneration and Support

Remuneration costs will be consistent with Health Consumers Queensland Remuneration and Reimbursement of Consumers Position Statement which can be found here.
Prior briefing, accessible venue and provision of reading materials will also be provided in advance as required.

How to apply

Please complete this Expression of Interest and return to Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] For assistance completing this Expression of Interest, please contact Leonie Sanderson via leonie[email protected] or by phone on 0437 637 033.

Please complete the Expression of Interest by COB Friday 12 October 2018.