New facility to ease stress on mental health services

The Victorian Government is committing $34 million to build a new mental health facility at Werribee Mercy Hospital in Melbourne's south west.

The existing mental health wing of the Werribee Mercy Hospital will be replaced with a new 54 bed facility comprising of 50 adult inpatient mental health beds, including 10 High Dependency Unit beds plus an additional four Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit beds.

Premier Denis Napthine says it is the biggest ever boost for mental health services in south west Melbourne. "We know that people coming here for emergency mental health services waited longer than any other place in the state of Victoria," said Dr Napthine.

"There was a real problem in the west with mental health services and what we're on about is fixing the problem and building services for the future."

The Premier says the funding will allow for 25 more adult beds and will create 30 clinical jobs. 

Mario Blandin de Chalain, Program Director Mental Health Services, Mercy Health, said of the new facility, �This development is part of Werribee Mercy Hospital�s master plan. We have been working with government to secure funding for numerous years. It is timely and very heartening that the Victorian Government has recognised the high need in the south west metropolitan area and the demand on our services. We are very grateful to Premier Napthine and Minister Wooldridge for committing this funding.�


 new mental health facility 
Dr Napthine was joined by Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge to announce the Victorian Government�s commitment to funding a new mental health facility at Werribee Mercy Hospital.   
L-R: The Hon Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Mental Health; Mr Julien O�Connell AM, Chairman, Mercy Health; Sr Helen Monkivitch rsm AO, Director Leadership and Mission, Mercy Health; The Hon Dr Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria; and Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen, Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health.  



Date Published:  23 April 2013 

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