St John’s gives mental health a boost

An artist’s impression of the new mental health facility due to open at Perth

A stand-alone mental health facility that will include Western Australia’s first specialist service for young people will be built on the St John of God Murdoch Hospital campus. Source: The eRecord.

The 48-bed facility will treat patients with mild-to-moderate mental health disorders by offering two different services for adults experiencing mental health issues alongside dedicated youth and adolescent services.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital Chief Executive Ben Edwards said the facility would mean patients would be able to receive the treatment they need closer to home.

“Currently there are no private mental health facilities south of the river in the Perth metropolitan area, and there are no private specialist inpatient services specifically for young people anywhere in the State,” he said.

“There is a clear unmet need in our community for mental health programs. This facility will offer a contemporary and innovative model of care, focused on meeting patients’ holistic needs and supporting them to recovery quickly and sustainably.

“The two distinct services will include both day programs and high-quality overnight accommodation so that patients can receive optimal care tailored to their individual needs."

The facility will focus on disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma and drug and alcohol-related mental health issues.

Construction is set to commence in early-2021 and the facility is scheduled to open in 2022.

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St John’s gives mental health boost with new Murdoch facility (The eRecord

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