BIGGEST MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT IN 50 YEARS UNDERWAY

Posted on 14. Apr, 2010 in News

 
 
 

Victorians with a mental illness will benefit from the largest Victorian mental health development in 50 years thanks to the Brumby Labor Government’s $69 million redevelopment of the mental health facility at Dandenong Hospital.

Turning the first sod on the project today, Mental Health Minister Lisa Neville said the new state-of-the art facility would increase the quality of care Victorians receive and address growing demand for mental health services in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

“The Brumby Labor Government understands that Victorians are concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of their loved ones, that is why we are taking action to deliver the best possible mental health services and facilities to Victoria,” Ms Neville said.

“We are doing the work to deliver once-in-a-generation capital works projects that deliver vital new services –this project alone will create 290 new jobs during construction.

“We are working with clinicians, carers and patients to develop and deliver nation-leading policies that will ensure Victoria continues to lead the way in mental health reform.”

Ms Neville said the development of the Dandenong mental health service will address current and future demand for inpatient and community based care.

“This project will increase the availability of secure beds in Victoria by almost 30 per cent through the provision of an additional 30-bed secure extended care unit,” she said.

“Inpatient beds at the hospital will be increased from 77 currently to 120 once the development is complete. An additional 30 residential beds will also be provided.”

Joining Ms Neville at the sod turning was Member for Dandenong John Pandazopoulos who welcomed the expansion of the mental health facility.

“Not only will this new facility provide residents of Dandenong with world class mental health support and services, I am also pleased to hear that during construction the project will create new jobs in our community,” Mr Pandazopoulos said.

Ms Neville said the new facilities would replace the outdated mental health acute inpatient units and, for the first time, provide a purpose built aged acute mental health inpatient service at Dandenong Hospital.

“We know providing residential support and clinical treatment to people with a mental illness as early as possible can help prevent a life time of chronic illness,” she said.

“Along with recent investments in new beds in Maroondah Hospital, Northern Hospital, Geelong Hospital and the development of adult and youth PARC (prevention and recovery care) services, this is another example of the expansion of mental health care services which is central to our mental health reform.”

 

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