Anti-DV advocate appointed Qld mediator

Alexandra Patrikios

A well-known domestic violence prevention campaigner will lead the reconciliation process between the Queensland government and women inappropriately placed in a state asylum as children.

Red Rose Foundation chief executive Betty Taylor has been enlisted as an independent mediator to engage with those wrongfully sent to the old Wolston Park facility and find out what they want from the process.

"Betty has over 30 years' experience working across the domestic and sexual assault sector and is someone who will approach this role carefully, sensitively and in a dignified manner to ensure those who have been harmed are not re-traumatised," Health Minister Cameron Dick said on Tuesday.

It comes more than seven years after the state government issued an apology addressed to "those who as children in the care of the State of Queensland suffered in any way while resident in an adult mental health facility".

Mr Dick said financial redress would be an option and the framework being used would broadly follow that adopted by the royal commission into institutional child sex abuse.

So far, he said 10 people had come forward and plans were underway for an advertising process to invite others to do the same.

"You can understand the jaundiced view of government that these women have," he told ABC Radio.

"Promises were made to them that they would be safe and cared for when they were children. That was broken."

An undertaking to start a reconciliation process flagged in the 2010 apology had been "unacceptable delayed", Mr Dick said.

"We just want to hear from women directly, what are they looking for and how can we assist them moving forward," he said.

The 2010 apology acknowledged the placement of some children in care of the state into the Queensland adult mental health facilities led to "an incorrect diagnosis" of mental illness and led to experiences of maltreatment or neglect.

"We sincerely apologise to all those who, as children, suffered in any way while resident in adult mental health facilities and express deep sorrow and regret for the hurt and distress suffered by those who were victims of abuse," it read.

The reconciliation process may take up to a year.