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Adolescent Ward at Royal Darwin Hospital



Adolescent Ward at Royal Darwin Hospital

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NT Youth Round Table


Northern Territory. Department of the Chief Minister. Office of Youth Affairs


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Chief Minister's Round Table of Young Territorians; Youth Services; Youth; Periodicals

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NT Youth Round Table newsletter


Newsletter 20 November 2014

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5 | P a g e join the program patients fill in forms which will then need to be endorsed by healthcare professionals8. Within the last four years the Queensland Government has opened two adolescent mental health wards, both have eight bed inpatient accommodations. The Josephine Sailor Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Day Service in Townsville was officially opened on September 5 20139 and on the 18 October 2010 the Adolescent Mental Health Unit (AMHU) began construction at the Toowoomba Hospital. AMHU facility is a $10.6 million eight bed ward for young people with mental health issues10. The first patient admitted to the ward was in August 2012 and between its opening and June 30 2013 the ward took in 222 admissions11. NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES Framing the Future: This project briefing addresses one of the four goals under Framing the Future, a Strong Society that has a strong health system. This briefing also aligns to the wellbeing goal under the NT Youth Participation Framework 2014-17, that young Territorians lead safe, healthy and happy lives by making positive lifestyle choices. CONCLUSION/SUMMARY From undertaking this project it has become apparent that in the views and opinions of young Territorians, an adolescent ward and space is needed within the RDH. Many of the participants were on the edge of the scale where their age is a contributing factor on where they would stay while in hospital. By having an adolescent ward, young Territorians will have a place they can recover, where staff will be suited for their specific needs as well as a safe and secure place around people their own age. This will make it easier for them to socialise and connect with each person going through the same developmental phases and or social experiences. For a faster recovery, a sense of normality is key, meaning that the patient is surrounded by a day to day routine including education whether that be while in bed if they are not able to attend the hospital school, socialising with people their own age and being able to communicate with family members. An adolescent ward would help to shorten the recuperation period and lower the risk for young people developing mental health issues which will later impact their lives in turn leading them back into the hospital system. LILY REID 20 NOVEMBER 2014 8 The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne 9 Queensland Government, 2014 10 Lucas, 2010 11 Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, September 2013

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