Thomas Embling Hospital expansion
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Thomas Embling Hospital expansion

Location 201 Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield, Victoria, 3078, Australia

The $349.6 million upgrade of Thomas Embling Hospital will deliver an additional 82 secure mental health beds and help transform Victoria’s forensic mental health system.

Thomas Embling Hospital is a secure forensic mental health hospital, providing care and treatment for people living with a serious mental illness in, or at risk of entering, the justice system.

With significant growth in forensic patients and increasing demand for mental health beds in the justice system, the project will ensure that Victorians most at risk can access mental health services in a secure, contemporary and recovery-focused environment.

The expansion will include a new dedicated 34-bed women’s precinct, a 48-bed medium security men’s facility, as well as clinical administration facilities.

Construction of the Thomas Embling Hospital expansion is set to commence in mid-2022 and due to be completed in 2024.

The project is the first stage of a major rebuild and will fulfil a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.









The Thomas Embling Hospital expansion project will deliver:

  • a dedicated 34-bed women’s precinct
  • a 48-bed medium security men’s facility
  • clinical administration facilities
  • additional carparking.

As the largest ever investment in Thomas Embling Hospital, the project will play a critical role in reforming the way forensic mental health services are delivered across the mental health system.

This includes:

  • reducing waiting times for specialist mental health services for Victorians involved in the justice system, or who are at high risk of offending
  • improving access to forensic mental health services in a secure, therapeutic and rehabilitation focused environment
  • improving access and the quality of facilities for women who have often experienced extensive trauma and family violence

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with Forensicare.

Thomas Embling Hospital expansion
  • Location
  • 201 Yarra Bend Road
    Fairfield, Victoria, 3078, Australia

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Last updated: 05 August 2021