Construction begins on new Melbourne Mental Health Facility

Works are underway on an expanded and transformed mental health facility at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).

Construction has started on a new 22-bed mental health facility set to support hundreds of construction jobs.

The facility has been designed in consultation with people with lived experience of the mental health system, including consumers, carers, clinicians and staff – delivering on a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The Royal Commission recommended 135 more mental health beds be delivered in health services across the state

The RMH facility will help an extra 488 Victorians get the acute care they need each year, while the total 144 beds across to the state – to be located at Barwon Health in Geelong, the Northern Hospital in Epping, Sunshine Hospital and part of the Hospital in the Home program – will support 2,500 more Victorians every year.

The new facility will increase capacity and reduce pressure on the hospital’s busy emergency department – giving people experiencing mental illness access to immediate treatment in a safe and contemporary setting.

Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Sheena Watt said, “We know our mental health system needs to be expanded and we’re getting on with delivering more support and more beds to people so they get the specialist care they need, close to home.”

The project is supporting 237 construction jobs, while work on the other new facilities across the state is creating and sustaining more than 1,450 jobs.

The new 16-bed mental health facility at Barwon Health’s McKellar Centre in Geelong is almost complete, while the Northern and Sunshine Hospital facilities are on track for completion in December 2022 and by mid-2023 respectively.

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