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Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services expansion
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Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services expansion

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

The $23.48 million Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services expansion was completed in July 2019.

It was designed to support more people at risk to access the mental health services they need, in a secure environment.

One in three prisoners are assessed as having mental health treatment needs with demand for mental health beds in the criminal justice system increasing over the past decade.

Thomas Embling Hospital is the leading specialist provider of secure forensic mental health services in Victoria. It provides advanced clinical treatment for patients within the criminal justice system who are either transferred from prison or ordered by the courts to be detained for psychiatric assessment and care.

The Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services expansion included an eight-bed Secure Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (SPICU), ten additional beds across existing wards and two beds in the specialised women’s unit.

The forensic mental health services expansion delivered:

  • an eight-bed Secure Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (SPICU) 
  • ten additional beds across existing wards 
  • two additional beds within the specialised women’s unit  
  • priority upgrade works 
  • ongoing development of the Thomas Embling Hospital masterplan.  

This project increased the total number of beds from 116 to 138, including the two women’s beds that were also added. There are now 12 secure women’s beds. 

The Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services expansion aimed to deliver the following benefits: 

  • enable more people at risk to access the mental health services they need in a secure environment 
  • reduce wait times for mental health assessment and treatment 
  • support the rehabilitation and recovery of patients in a safe and therapeutic environment 
  • reduce incidents of mental health deterioration and self-harm 
  • increase access to sub-acute services and safety for female patients.  

This project was delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:

  • Forensicare
  • MAAP Architects/DesignInc
  • Kane Constructions (builders).
Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services expansion
  • Location
  • 201 Yarra Bend Rd
     Fairfield, Victoria, 3078, Australia
  • Mail
  • (03) 9495 9100

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Last updated: 03 March 2021