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Acute Mental Health Inpatient Units provide short to medium term, 24-hour inpatient assessment and treatment services for people experiencing serious episodes of mental illness.
There are acute inpatient units located within the three hospital catchment areas within Metro North Hospital and Health Service. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital also has an Adolescent Inpatient Unit.
Our consumer and carer workforce have a lived experience of mental illness and can offer support on your recovery journey.
Learn more about what happens during an admission to hospital.
IF you're admitted to an inpatient unit, your treatment team—with you and your family or carer—will estimate a date for you to be discharged.
Having a date in mind means your treatment team can plan for how they can support you after you've been discharged.
The adolescent unit provides assessment and treatment services to adolescents aged 14–18 years living in the Metro North Mental Health Service catchment area and other areas of Queensland as required.
Adult acute inpatient units admit voluntary and involuntary consumers.
Involuntary consumers are people who are admitted under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2016 and who need to receive treatment. During an admission, a patient’s status can change between voluntary and involuntary depending on risk factors, treatment plans and the patient’s response to treatment.
Read more about the Mental Health Act 2016.
All Queensland Acute Inpatient Units are locked. Voluntary patients can leave the unit in consultation with nursing staff. Involuntary consumers can only leave the unit according to the Mental Health Act 2016.
Community Care Units (CCUs) are for adult consumers aged 18–65 years (consumers outside of this age range may be accepted on a case-by-case basis) who have a severe and persistent mental illness and whose symptoms substantially impair their psychosocial function and the capacity for independent living.
Community Care Units are community-based facilities housing up to 20 residents. CCUs help residents develop life skills that will help them to successfully return to living in the community.
The Secure Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit (SMHRU) provides a safe and structured environment and 24-hour clinical support for people with persistent and disabling symptoms of mental illness.
The service aims to promote an individual’s recovery, maximising their strengths and potential by providing multidisciplinary specialist consultation, assessment, collaborative treatment and discharge planning with evidence-based clinical interventions for people aged over 18 years.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land, waterways and culture. We pay our respect to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.
Brisbane North PHN wishes to acknowledge the experience and expertise of the My Mental Health Steering Committee, delegates of the Peer Participation in Mental Health Services (PPIMS) network and health professionals in developing the My Mental Health Website.