Community based care 12 September 2022

New North West Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care centre opens

Women in Melbourne’s western suburbs can now get the mental health support they need, closer to home.

The new $8.4 million North West Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care centre (WPARC) is open, providing vital mental health services.

It is the first purpose-built WPARC where women can stay with up to three dependent children.

The centre provides short-term mental health care and will help up to 150 women each year receive treatment in a safe and welcoming environment.

TEXT: Construction on a Victorian-first facility to support women experiencing mental ill health is complete.

IMAGES: An aerial view of the facility shows two long, single-storey buildings set together in a V-shape with an internal courtyard and covered areas separating the two buildings.

TEXT: The $8.4 million Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) centre at the Sunshine Hospital.

IMAGES: Close up footage of the facility’s façade and entrance.

TEXT: has 12 beds and is the first women’s PARC facility in the state to take a family-setting approach to accommodate women and their young children.

IMAGES: Footage moves to the interior of the facility. There is a bedroom, followed by footage of the shared living areas.

TEXT: With around-the-clock care, the Women’s PARC facility will provide short-term treatment and support.

IMAGES: The camera moves to the outside again, and another aerial view of the facility showing landscaped areas and connecting paths.

TEXT: in a home-like setting for women who are unwell or recovering from mental illness.

IMAGES: Footage of shared living areas with children’s toys scattered about on the coffee tables and couches.

TEXT: It features private bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms and communal kitchen, dining and living areas.

IMAGES: A view of an ensuite provided to each bedroom and another shared break out space.

TEXT: Breakout spaces and a thoughtfully designed outdoor garden will provide ample space for leisure, recreational activities and family visits.

IMAGES: The camera is back outside showing landscaped areas and the large windows of the facility. There is a covered children’s play area with a rubber surface and various play equipment.

IMAGES: The closing slide is the Victorian Health Building Authority logo, the web address vhba.vic.gov.au and the Victorian Government logo.

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About the North West Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care centre

The North West WPARC is operated by the NorthWestern Mental Health Service and offers 24-hour support and treatment.

The 12-bed centre includes:

  • private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • communal kitchen, dining and living areas
  • breakout spaces
  • outdoor garden for recreational activities and family visits.

The North West WPARC provides vital care and will help reduce pressure on hospital beds by providing early intervention care for people who are becoming unwell, or may no longer need hospital treatment.

The new facility is one of 25 PARCs across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The program is part of the Victorian Government’s $325.7 million investment in mental health services outlined in the 10-year Mental Health Plan.

Learn more about the North West Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care centre via our dedicated project page.

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