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PETER CAVE: Parents of children at Queensland's only hospice for terminally ill young people have
been told the facility is likely to close.

Zoe's Place opened a decade ago and is one very few such specialised facilities in the country,
dedicated solely for caring for children.

But in recent weeks the hospice has been at the centre of allegations about the standard of care it

Administrators have been called in, staff have been laid off and the search is on for alternative
care centre for the many children which Zoe's Place now looks after.

Charlotte Glennie reports from Brisbane.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: In a residential suburb in Brisbane's west there's an eight bedroom home filled
with toys and decorated with colourful paintings, dedicated to providing respite for children who
are sick, disabled or terminally ill.

Zoe's Place was named after a young girl who died a decade ago when there was no such place to care
for her.

Her parents helped set it up and Zoe's Place has since relied on donations, and funding from
Queensland Health.

Until recently the hospice has had 150 families on its books, but they've all been told to look
elsewhere for their children's care.

Tanya Czubatynskyj is the mother of five year old Kye who's been coming to Zoe's Place for the last
three years.

TANYA CZUBATYNSKYJ: Kye has got a condition called trisomy 14 mosaicism. It is a very rare
condition. There is probably about a dozen in the world with his condition. He has also been
diagnosed as obsessive compulsive disorder. So he is a very needy child of a lot of things.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: And what has it been like for you over the years to have been able to bring him
to a place like Zoe's Place?

TANYA CZUBATYNSKYJ: Ah, unbelievable. To bring him to Zoe's Place is God sent to me, just to bring
him in for two nights for me is having a bit of social life with my family because he's high needs.
We don't get the opportunity to spend some special time with my other daughter who is three and
just some time out to have a breather, just to rekindle our energy for the next time he comes

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: What will happen when Zoe's Place closes its doors next week?

TANYA CZUBATYNSKYJ: I have no idea. My emotional support would have been lost so I, when they rang
and told me, I was a complete mess. I had to ring my psychologist and I had to speak to her on the
phone to help me through this because I couldn't see my life without Zoe's Place because it is such
a very important part of our lives.

So I was very, very devastated that there is nowhere else to go.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Problems at Zoe's Place first emerged in May.

Its CEO was suspended amid allegations a teenage girl had been left in soiled clothes and locked in
a bedroom.

There were also claims of inappropriate clinical practices, and procedures being carried out by
unqualified staff.

Liz Kearins from Queensland's Health Quality and Complaints Commission says the organisation began
an investigation.

LIZ KEARINS: There were a number of allegations made. All of those allegations have been looked at
by either ourselves or the Queensland Nursing Council. The Queensland Nursing Council is continuing
its investigation into the conduct and professional competency of the nursing registrants who are
or have previously been at Zoe's Place.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Zoe's Place was then put into voluntary administration.

Administrators SV Partners won't be interviewed but released a statement saying next week, they'll
be recommending to creditors that Zoe's Place be put into liquidation.

The statement quotes SV Partners director Terry Rose as saying.

EXTRACT FROM STATEMENT BY TERRY ROSE (voiceover): Nonetheless, I'm continuing to hold discussions
with other service providers who might be capable of taking over the operations of Zoe's Place.

New arrangements for all children with current bookings are expected to be organised by the 13th of

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Here's Liz Kearins again.

LIZ KEARINS: We never want to see the end of a provider. Our role is all about improvement so we
are looking at how can we make the system better, how can we make processes better, how can we make
procedures better, how can we make practice better in healthcare.

So this is not an outcome that we would have been seeking. We would have like to have helped with
quality improvement.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Parents like Tanya Czubatynskyj say they don't know what to do.

TANYA CZUBATYNSKYJ: I've been through my grieving process. I don't know how I am going to go for
tomorrow is our last day here at Zoe's Place. It is his last booked in day and it is going to be a
fairly big day for me.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Have you been told of any other place by Queensland Health where you will be
able to take Kye?

TANYA CZUBATYNSKYJ: They have given me two to three pages of foolscap pages of places to go but
'cause we live this side of Ipswich, a lot of the places that I recognise would be over the other
side of Brisbane and they will also have charges upon them, where now we are funded by the
Queensland Government so this will also be a difficult time - either travelling the other side of
Brisbane and actually paying for this service.

And also, there is not a lot of services which take children underneath the age of six and Kye
doesn't turn six until November this year so at this moment, there will be no other place for him
to go until he turns six.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Neither Queensland Health nor the state's Health Minister were available to be
interviewed by The World Today as to what alternative arrangements are being made for sick and
dying children.

PETER CAVE: Charlotte Glennie reporting.