Why do we need more acute mental health beds?
The Victorian Government is responding to a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System through the urgent delivery of more acute mental health facilities and services.
These services will address critical demand issues by increasing capacity, reducing pressure on emergency departments, and providing additional support for people experiencing mental illness who require immediate treatment.
More acute mental health beds and services will mean more access for people experiencing severe mental illness, taking the pressure off other public health services.
What level of care will be provided?
Increased hospital-based care will be provided for people experiencing mental illness who require immediate treatment in a contemporary, safe and high-quality hospital setting.
Home-based services will enable some consumers to recover at home, or in a community residence, so they can remain more connected to their family, friends and community-based supports.
Who will be supported by these new services?
Severe mental illness affects a range of people from different family, cultural, economic and social backgrounds. The new facilities and services will provide people with better access to mental health services and support and reduce pressure on emergency departments.
What is going to be different about the new hospital-based facilities?
The new facilities are being designed with input from people with lived experience of mental illness such as consumers, families and carers, as well as medical, nursing and allied health professionals and staff.
The facilities will look and feel less like a hospital and provide access to shared internal and outdoor spaces for social, therapeutic and recreational activities to support consumers’ changing needs throughout their stay.
Where is the project up to?
The project is now in the final design development phase, which is where we plan how to effectively equip and decorate spaces to deliver the best possible patient experience.
Who are you consulting with?
We’re committed to engaging people with a variety of views and perspectives during the project. This includes people with lived experience of mental illness and their carers, medical, nursing and allied health professionals and care staff. We’re taking on their views in an experience-led design process to ensure they inform important aspects of the project.
We’re also working in partnership with both health and mental health services. Our partners are a central part of our consultation process and will participate in project planning, including the development of the designs for each facility and service.