The Victorian Acute Mental Health Facilities will see new and upgraded facilities delivered across four sites in Melbourne and Geelong, providing 120 additional mental health beds in total. Separately, 24 'home-based beds' will also be delivered as part of the Mental Health Beds Expansion Program.
The additional 120 beds will be spread across the four facilities as follows:
- 52 beds at the Sunshine Hospital in Albans
- 30 beds at the Northern Hospital in Epping
- 22 beds at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville, and
- 16 beds at the McKellar Centre in North Geelong.
The facilities are expected to provide support to approximately 2,500 people per year and will include:
- internal courtyards for relaxation and exercise
- family visiting areas, sensory rooms and spiritual rooms, and
- increased consulting areas.
|Expected Construction Completion
|The Victorian Government allocated $492 million to the project, drawn from the $869 million allocated to mental health services in the 2020-21 Victorian Budget.
|The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System recommended the government establish four facilities across the state with drop-in spaces and crisis response services.
|The construction contract was awarded to Lendlease Building. Additionally, first designs of four new acute mental health facilities in St Albans, Parkville, Epping and Geelong were released.
|Victorian Government announced the commencement of construction for the acute mental health facility at Barwon Health’s McKellar Centre.