The Wolston Park Hospital, situated at Wacol, Queensland, was a State-run facility. Wolston Park Hospital was previously known as the Brisbane Special Hospital. It is known that children who were wards of the state were placed at Wolston Park during the 1960s-1980s.
It is estimated up to 60 wards of the state were sent to Wolston Park, usually after previously being in other placements in Homes.
Children placed at Wolston Park reported abuse of all kinds, isolation and neglect, use of chemical restraints and contact with adults with mental health issues.
In 2010, the Queensland Government issued an apology to those who, as children under the care of the state, were inappropriately placed in adult mental health facilities including Wolston Park.
In October 2017, the Queensland Government provided payouts to former state wards who had been placed in Wolston Park, in recognition of their wrongful detainment in an adult mental health facility.
1865 - c. 1880 Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum
c. 1880 - 1898 Goodna Asylum for the Insane
1898 - c. 1940 Goodna Hospital for the Insane
c. 1940 - 1963 Brisbane Mental Hospital
1963 - 1969 Brisbane Special Hospital
1969 - 2001 Wolston Park Hospital
2001 - The Park Centre for Mental Health
Sources used to compile this entry: Finnane, Mark, Wolston Park Hospital 1865-2001: A Retrospect, Queensland Review, vol. 15 (2), University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2008, 39-58 pp, http://www98.griffith.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/handle/10072/22957/54722_1.pdf?sequence=1; Queensland Health, The road to recovery - a history of mental health services in Queensland 1859-2009, Queensland Government, 2013, https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0028/444583/qld-mh-history.pdf; Robertson, Joshua, ''It's been such a battle': Wolston Park survivors win shock payouts', The Guardian, 19 October 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/19/its-been-such-a-battle-wolston-park-survivors-win-shock-payouts; Taylor, Betty, Report to Queensland Government Reconciliation Plan Stage 1: for Child Placements by Qld Government in Adult Mental Health Facilities, 2017, http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Documents/TableOffice/TabledPapers/2017/5517T2056.pdf.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 1 May 2013, Last modified: 12 September 2018