Youth prevention and recovery care centre expansion and upgrade program

The Victorian Government is investing $141 million to deliver new and refurbished youth prevention and recovery care (YPARC) centres across the state.

YPARC services provide treatment, care and support to young people aged 16-25 who are experiencing mental health challenges and/or psychological distress. The investment will deliver five new 10-bed facilities – doubling current system capacity.

The new centres will be in:

  • Ballarat (Newington)
  • Geelong (South Geelong)
  • Heidelberg
  • Shepparton
  • Traralgon.

The program is also upgrading existing YPARC centres in Bendigo, Dandenong and Frankston.

Designs for the new and upgraded centres draw on the insights and experiences of clinicians, carers and young people with lived experience of mental health challenges and/or psychological distress.

$141 MILLION
$141 MILLION

INVESTMENT

5
5

NEW YPARC CENTRES 

3
3

REFURBISHED YPARC CENTRES 

50
50

NEW RESIDENTIAL BEDS

YPARC centres provide around the clock treatment, care and support to young people aged 16-25 who are experiencing mental health challenges and/or psychological distress.

The centres are voluntary, referral-based services. Young people can continue to attend work or school, while receiving the appropriate treatment, care and support they need in a safe, home-like environment.

YPARC services offer a step up and step down model of care. They provide:

  • early intervention for people who are unwell (step up)
  • a community-based treatment option for people in the early stages of recovery and need a short period of extra support (step down).

How to access YPARC services

To access a YPARC service, a young person needs to have a referral from:

  • a local mental health and wellbeing service, such as Headspace
  • a general practitioner or other specialist medical practitioner, such as a private psychiatrist
  • an infant, child and youth area mental health and wellbeing service.

There are currently three existing 10-bed YPARC centres in Victoria. The services are in Bendigo, Dandenong and Frankston.

In early 2022, a new 20-bed centre opened in Parkville.

Other types of prevention and recovery care (PARC) centres in Victoria

There are also service models that cater to adults. These adult PARC services include a women’s service and an extended stay service.

The average length of stay is between seven and 14 days, with a maximum stay of 28 days. The exception to this is the extended PARC service where the expected stay is up to six months.

Regional capacity

The final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (Recommendation 21) recommended there is a YPARC facility in each Victorian region.

The Department of Health has developed eight regions that align with the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

New centres

  • Barwon South West (Geelong)
  • Gippsland (Traralgon)
  • Grampians (Ballarat)
  • Hume (Shepparton)
  • North East Metro (Heidelberg)
  • West Metro (Parkville). A new 20-bed facility opened in early 2022. This $11.9 million project was funded under the 2018/19 State Budget.

Refurbished facilities

  • Loddon Mallee (Bendigo)
  • South East Metro (Dandenong and Frankston).

The program will deliver:

New facilities

Each of the five new facilities will include:

  • 10 single bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • communal kitchens, dining and living areas
  • breakout spaces
  • outdoor areas.

Refurbished facilities

The three refurbishment projects at existing facilities will update:

  • exteriors
  • internal fit-outs
  • outdoor areas.

The program aims to achieve the following benefits:

Support closer to home

In some areas of Victoria young people travel long distances to access appropriate mental health services and support.

Building these facilities in key regional areas provides access to services closer to their family, support networks and local community. This plays a proven role in a young person's recovery journey.

Home-like and welcoming environment

The new YPARC centres are designed to create a welcoming, safe and therapeutic environment.

They include private bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms. They will also feature a communal kitchen, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and outdoor areas.

Co-designed facilities

Designs for the new and upgraded YPARC centres draw on the insights and experiences of clinicians, carers and young people with lived experience of mental health challenges and/or psychological distress.

Greater access to care

Once complete, the five new YPARC centres will have the capacity to provide prevention and recovery care services to more than 900 young people each year. This will more than double current capacity.

Reducing hospital admissions and length of stay

The program will help ease pressure on hospital beds by providing early intervention care and an alternative to hospital admission.

More local jobs

The program is expected to create and sustain around 200 construction industry jobs.

New centres

  • Ballarat
    " "31-39 Durham St, Newington
    Operated by: Grampians Health
  • Geelong
    " "40 Little Fyans Street, South Geelong
    Operated by: Barwon Health
  • Heidelberg
    " "Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital
    Operated by: Austin Health
  • Shepparton
    " "5-7 Numurkah Rd and 107-109 Balaclava Road, Shepparton
    Operated by: Goulburn Valley Health
  • Traralgon
    " "49-63 Hyde Park Road, Traralgon
    Operated by: Latrobe Regional Health

Upgraded centres

  • Bendigo
    Operated by: Bendigo Health
     
  • Dandenong
    Operated by: Monash Health
     
  • Frankston
    Operated by: Peninsula Health.

Designs for the new and upgraded centres draw on the insights and experiences of clinicians, carers and young people with lived experience of mental health challenges and/or psychological distress.

Learn more about how young people are helping shape the designs for the new YPARC centres.

New facilities

Each of the five new YPARC centres will have 10 have private bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms. They will also feature a communal kitchen, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and outdoor garden areas.

NTC Architects are overseeing the designs of the five new YPARC centres.

Refurbishments

The refurbishments at three existing centres in Bendigo, Dandenong and Frankston will update the facilities’ exteriors, internal fit-outs and outdoor areas. This includes barbecue spaces and a sensory courtyard.

Bamford Architects developed the designs for the three refurbishments. Designs were released in July 2022.

View designs for refurbished centers in Bendigo, Dandenong and Frankston.
 

Residents will be informed ahead of any potentially disruptive construction activity.

We will work closely with the appointed builder and council to minimise impacts on locals during construction.

All works will be carried out in strict accordance with approved Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and council guidelines and within approved construction work hours.

Who can I contact about construction impacts?

If you have any questions or wish to speak to the project team, please contact the Victorian Health Building Authority at vhba@health.vic.gov.au.

Refurbishments

Works will be planned and managed to minimise impact on consumers, staff and families.

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

Design and construction

  • NTC Architects (new centres)
  • Bamford Architects (existing centres)
  • Alchemy Construct (upgrades to the existing Bendigo YPARC centre)
  • Bowden Corporation (upgrades to the existing Dandenong and Frankston YPARC centres)
  • McCorkell Constructions (Traralgon YPARC centre)
  • SJ Higgins (Heidelberg YPARC centre).

Health services

  • Austin Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Bendigo Health
  • Grampians Health
  • Goulburn Valley Health
  • Latrobe Regional Hospital
  • Monash Health
  • Peninsula Health.

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