Status

Completed

Monash Children's Hospital - Early in Life Mental Health Services

Location 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Victoria, 3168, Australia

The $14 million Monash Children's Hospital Early in Life Mental Health Services (ELMHS) project was completed in November 2017.

It aimed to support Monash Children’s Hospital to provide greater support for Victorian children who are experiencing mental health issues.

Children experiencing mental health issues, and their families, require specialised services and support. The ELMHS provides services to infants, children, adolescents, young people and their families and community agencies.

The newly integrated facility is now co-located in the children’s hospital. It has an eight-bed Children's Neurodevelopment Unit and a 20-bed Adolescent Inpatient Unit, providing greater capacity and a specialised, purpose-built environment for children and young people.

This investment is part of the Victorian Government's 10 Year Mental Health Plan. It is aimed at providing greater treatment options and support services for children and young people.

The Victorian Government committed $14.6 million in the 2016 State Budget for a new Early in Life Mental Health Service (ELMHS) facility located within the Monash Children’s Hospital.

The project was completed in November 2017 and included:

  • a 20-bed Adolescent Inpatient Unit (known as Stepping Stones)
  • a new eight-bed Children's Neurodevelopment Unit (known as the Oasis).

The new facilities enable Monash Health to deliver specialised paediatric services to a growing population in the south east of Victoria. 

The Early in Life Mental Health Services project at Monash Children’s Hospital aimed to achieve the following benefits:

Specialised services

Infants, children and young people experiencing mental health issues, and their families, can now access specialised services and support.

This includes treatment for behaviour disorders linked to mental illness, such as conduct disorder, depression and anxiety. The ELMHS also provides treatment and care to children who are experiencing significant disruptive behaviour disorders.

Increased capacity for complex care

Children aged 0-12 with complex developmental problems, like autism or intellectual disability combined with social and relational challenges, can now receive specialist care in the new eight-bed Neurodevelopmental Service.

Statewide access

Specialised services and support are now available for infants, children and young people, and their families living anywhere in Victoria. Assessment, treatment and support services are available to young Victorians who are vulnerable and disadvantaged with priority given to Aboriginal children and their families.

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

  • Monash Health
  • Silver Thomas Henley (architect)
  • Lendlease Building (builder).

Please note: As of 1 February 2021, the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority (VHHSBA) became the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA).

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Monash Children's Hospital - Early in Life Mental Health Services
  • Location
  • 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Victoria, 3168, Australia
  • Phone
  • 1300 369 012

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