Jacaranda Place

Queensland Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre

In April 2020, we’re opening Jacaranda Place, a new mental health extended treatment centre in Chermside (Brisbane) for young Queenslanders with severe and complex mental health issues. It will be the first of its kind in Australia, delivering specialist care and support to young people from across the State.

Located on the campus of The Prince Charles Hospital, the centre will provide a 12-bed residential service for young people across Queensland, and a 10-place Day Program delivered in partnership with the Department of Education to provide an integrated educational and mental health treatment service.

The centre will deliver a 24-hour service to provide a safe, supportive and structured environment for young people, focused on improving their overall function, and increasing their capacity and confident to successfully transition back to their community. The aim is to provide support to young people so they develop life skills, attend regular schooling or vocational training, and reconnect with their family and local community.

Who will be able to access this service?

Jacaranda Place is designed for young people aged between 13 and 18 years who have severe and complex mental illness with associated functional decline. Young people up to 21 years may be treated at the centre if they have developmental needs more effectively managed within an adolescent model. Young people accessing this service will not be acutely unwell.  Any young person with acute symptoms will continue to be managed in adolescent inpatient mental health units.

Will I need a referral?

Yes, you will need a formal referral to access this service.

How will I get a referral?

Referrals to Jacaranda Place will be accepted from Child and Youth Mental Health Services and private psychiatrists across Queensland.

All referrals will be reviewed by a statewide referral panel to determine who requires admission.

Meet the team

Dr Arun Pillai, Medical Director

Dr Arun Pillai is a highly qualified child and adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience across the public and private mental health sectors in Australia. Most recently he has served as the clinical lead and consultant psychiatrist in child and youth mental health at West Moreton Hospital and Health Service. Prior to this, he worked in an extended mental health treatment setting within the private sector and at Monash Health in Victoria.


Emma HartEmma Hart, Assistant Director of Nursing

Emma Hart brings more than 25 years’ experience in mental health nursing to the role, having worked in consultation liaison, inpatient units, and day programs. Ms Hart led the commissioning of new adolescent inpatient units and day programs in Townsville and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and has played a leading role in the commissioning of the new adolescent extended treatment centre.


Ben OrfordBen Orford, Head of Campus

Ben Orford has worked in the education and health field for more than 10 years and is passionate about improving education delivery and outcomes for students with chronic health and complex mental health conditions. Prior to this appointment, Mr Orford filled the role of deputy principal at the Queensland Children’s Hospital School.

Information for health professionals

Referral criteria

Jacaranda Place is accessible to young people who are:

  • Currently receiving treatment from a public child and youth mental health service or a private psychiatrist in Queensland.
  • Aged between 13 and 18 years (young people up to the age of 21 will be considered if developmentally appropriate).
  • Presenting with serious and complex mental health needs.
  • Not having their needs met in their current continuum of mental health care, education and social support, and less restrictive treatment options have been considered and explored.
  • Willing to consider engaging with a recovery model of care.

For more information

t: 07 3310 9444
e: CHQ-CYMHS-Admin@health.qld.gov.au

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