Pictured at Jacaranda Place today were (from left) Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) consumer support officer Mikaela Moore, Minster for Health Steven Miles and carer representative Aleta Walker.

14 February 2020

Queensland’s new mental health extended treatment centre for young people at Chermside will be known as ‘Jacaranda Place’.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Health Steven Miles revealed the name today while visiting the centre, which will be managed by Children’s Health Queensland when it opens in April.

The Australian-first centre, located on the campus of The Prince Charles Hospital, will care for young people with severe and complex mental health issues from across Queensland.

It will provide a 12-bed residential service and a 10-place day program delivered in partnership with the Department of Education to provide an integrated educational and mental health treatment service.

Children’s Health Queensland has worked closely with young people, their families, carers, clinicians, educators and First Nations people from the start of the project to co-design the new centre and its services.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Frank Tracey said the same collaborative and person-centred approach was used to help identify a distinct and purposeful name for the centre.

“The name Jacaranda Place 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.

“This symbology connects nicely with the challenges and recovery journeys of the young people who will be cared for at the centre,” Mr Tracey said.

The name also reflects the centre’s location, overlooking the row of Jacaranda trees lining Farnell Street.

Jacaranda Place forms part of the Queensland Government’s $68.23 million Youth Mental Health Program of capital works, which also includes two new Youth Step Up, Step Down Units in North and South Brisbane, and two new adolescent Day Programs at Logan and Gold Coast.

Construction of Jacaranda Place is now complete, and the final touches are now being made to the building in preparation for its opening in late-April.

Read more about Jacaranda Place.

Read the Ministerial media release.