1 October 2019

Children’s Health Queensland has welcomed Dr Arun Pillai, Emma Hart and Ben Orford as the trio who will lead the team caring for Queensland young people in the $41.3 million Australian-first adolescent extended treatment centre at Chermside from early 2020.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Frank Tracey today announced the appointment of Dr Arun Pillai as Medical Director and Emma Hart as Assistant Director of Nursing for the new centre, which will provide a 12-bed residential service for young people across Queensland who are experiencing severe and complex mental health issues, and a 10-place day programThe Department of Education has also appointed Ben Orford as Head of Campus for the centre’s education and vocational program, which ensures young people can access an integrated education and mental health treatment service.

Mr Tracey said the leadership appointments were an exciting first step in delivering this important new service for Queensland young people and their families.

“This 24-hour service aims to provide a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment for young people, so that they develop life skills and improve function, attend regular schooling or vocational training, and reconnect with their family and local community.

“When it opens next year, the centre will be a key element of Children’s Health Queensland’s broader continuum of mental health care for young Queenslanders. An admission to the centre will be just one phase of the treatment process to support adolescents and their families and carers to recover their health, wellbeing and developmental potential.”

Construction of the centre is progressing on schedule, with activity now focused on internal fitout. Visit http://bit.ly/308ohrg for regular construction updates.

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