Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg. David Stuart

Young mental health patients moved to new centre

YOUNG people receiving treatment at the Barrett Adolescent Centre will be moved into a new care model by early next year following the Wacol centre's closure.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told State Parliament on Wednesday the decision followed advice from an expert panel and former Barrett Centre patients and their parents.

"What we have also said as a consequence of the establishment of an expert panel they are working towards a final decision with regards to a model of care around about the early part of 2014…" he said.

"…and the transition of those young people into that particular model of care which may involve in-patient, complex treatment and also support from the Department of Education for the educational needs of those young persons with complex mental health needs."

The facility at The Park will close early next year and make way for a decentralised system to treat young mental health patients.

Mr Springborg defended the controversial move and said it made sense to expand the service around the state.

The closure was foreshadowed when a senior doctor told the Child Protection Inquiry last November the future of the centre was uncertain.

Mr Springborg did not make any concrete ascertains until an ABC Radio interview this week.

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