Status

Completed

Statewide Child and Family Centre

Location 12-14 Grieve Street, Macleod, Victoria, 3085, Australia

The Victorian Government invested $7.3 million to deliver a Statewide Child and Family Centre in Melbourne’s north.

The Victorian-first centre will improve access to mental health services for children up to 11 years of age, in a safe and supportive residential setting.

The new 12-bed centre will allow children and their families to stay onsite while they receive flexible, family-centred therapy and support from child and family mental health specialists. The centre will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It will provide therapy for children and families who have experienced negative or traumatic events and continue to have challenges with relationships and connections.

This investment builds on the work of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System’s 74 recommendations to transform mental health support and care to make it accessible, flexible and responsive.

$7.3 MILLION
$7.3 MILLION

INVESTMENT

FIRST
FIRST

VICTORIAN CENTRE

12-BED
12-BED

CENTRE

24-HOUR
24-HOUR

CARE AND SUPPORT

Located on Grieve Street in Macleod, the new Statewide Child and Family Centre will include:

  • 12 beds (accommodating three families at any one time)
  • shared living spaces including kitchen, dining, lounge, laundry and family / activity areas
  • outdoor living, family and garden areas
  • clinical consulting areas
  • staff and support areas.

The Statewide Child and Family Centre project aims to achieve the following benefits:

Increased capacity

Providing an alternative to hospital-based care, this new purpose-built 12-bed centre will improve access to mental health services for children up to 11 years of age.

Family-first

In a Victorian-first, the centre will allow children who need additional mental health support to stay and receive care alongside their families. With an average stay of five days, the centre will care for up to three families at any one time.

Specialised care and support

Children and families will receive flexible, family-centred therapy and support from child and family mental health specialists in a safe, therapeutic and ‘home like’ environment

Design

The facility's exteriors, grounds and internal fit-outs have been carefully considered. Creating a safe, welcoming and healing atmosphere for children and their families on their mental health journey.

Jobs for Victorians

The project created and sustained approximately 21 construction industry jobs.

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

  • Austin Health
  • Kerstin Thompson Architects
  • Building Engineering. 

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Statewide Child and Family Centre
  • Location
  • 12-14 Grieve Street, Macleod, Victoria, 3085, Australia

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