Hospital based care 27 October 2022

Designs released and builder appointed for Thomas Embling Hospital upgrade

We’ve appointed a builder and released a first look at designs for the $462.5 million Thomas Embling Hospital expansion.

The artist impressions reveal the new exterior from Yarra Bend Road. They also offer a look at the internal fit-outs including the entrance area and bedrooms.

Designed by Guymer Bailey Architects, the images showcase a world-class forensic mental health facility designed to provide secure and contemporary models of care with a focus on recovery.

Builder appointed

John Holland has been appointed to deliver the landmark project.

The expansion will include:

  • a new dedicated 34-bed women’s precinct
  • a 48-bed medium security men’s facility
  • a new entry complex
  • onsite carpark
  • clinical administration facilities.

Co-design at its heart

We’ve released a co-design and engagement report, which showcases how co-design with people with lived experience of mental ill-health is at the heart of the expansion.

The project team undertook a comprehensive co-design and engagement process. This ensured people with lived experience of mental ill-health, staff and key stakeholders could help shape the planning and design of the upgraded hospital and ensure their design needs are met.

The report fulfills a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The co-design and engagement process was led by Forensicare, in partnership with the Victorian Health Building Authority. The process is detailed in the co-design and engagement report.

Read report

About the Thomas Embling Hospital expansion

The upgrade and expansion of the Thomas Embling Hospital will:

  • 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 services for female patients.

Site preparation works are expected to kick off in the coming weeks. Major construction is on-track to begin by the end of 2022.

Learn more about the Thomas Embling Hospital expansion via our dedicated project page.

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