Status

Completed

Westside Lodge dual diagnosis unit expansion

Location 12 Santiago Street, St Albans, Victoria, 3021, Australia

The Victorian Government has invested $10.296 million to expand the Westside Lodge dual diagnosis drug and mental health unit at Sunshine Hospital.

The residential rehabilitation facility is operated by Western Health. Westside Lodge offers a three-month-long therapeutic program for people experiencing problematic drug or alcohol use, as well as mental health issues.

This client-centred recovery program is tailored for adults aged 18 years and above, with stable mental health symptoms, and who have completed a substance detoxification.

The expansion delivered 10 additional beds, bringing the total to 30, and refurbished shared common areas. Westside Lodge now has the capacity to treat an additional 40 people each year.

Construction began in early 2023. During construction, the project created and sustained around 28 construction industry jobs.

The redevelopment was completed in early 2024.

$10.296 MILLION
$10.296 MILLION

INVESTMENT

10
10

EXTRA BEDS

UPGRADED
UPGRADED

SHARED COMMUNAL AREAS

28
28

JOBS DURING CONSTRUCTION

The Westside Lodge dual diagnosis unit expansion provides:

  • additional 10 residential beds
  • refurbishment of support areas.

The Westside Lodge dual diagnosis unit expansion will achieve the following benefits:

Improved access to services

The Westside Lodge dual diagnosis unit expansion added 10 beds to the much-needed service, increasing access to treatment and reducing waiting lists. This improves outcomes, as longer delays before admission to treatment are associated with increased dropout rates during treatment.

Relieving pressure on the system

New residential rehabilitation beds help meet increased demand for services and relieve pressure on other health services.

Construction jobs

At the peak of construction, the redevelopment created around 28 construction industry jobs.

This project was delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with Western Health and was designed by Bamford Architects.

News

The exterior of Westside Lodge

25 March 2024

Westside Lodge rehab facility upgrade complete

In this video, we take a look inside the newly expanded Westside Lodge dual diagnosis drug and mental health unit at Sunshine Hospital.
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Artist impression of a kitchen and dining area inside Westside Lodge

14 June 2022

Designs unveiled for Westside Lodge dual diagnosis

We’ve released designs for the $9.42 million expansion of Westside Lodge, a residential rehabilitation facility in St Albans.
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A group of people in discussion

12 May 2022

Construction works EOI: Westside Lodge expansion

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Head Contractor on the new $9.42 million Westside Lodge dual diagnosis expansion.
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A group of people in discussion

01 November 2021

Designs underway for a $9.42 million expansion

Designs are now underway for a $9.42 million expansion of Westside Lodge, a dual diagnosis residential rehabilitation facility in St Albans.
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Location

Westside Lodge
  • Location
  • 12 Santiago Street, St Albans, Victoria, 3021, Australia
  • Mail
  • (03) 8345 4010

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