New Statewide Child and Family Centre a Victorian first
Construction of Victoria's first Statewide Child and Family Centre is now complete.
The $7.3 million, 12-bed centre is located in Macleod, in Melbourne's north-east.
The centre supports children aged 0-11 years. What makes it unique is the ability for children to stay with their families whilst receiving mental health care from specialist clinicians.
Statewide Child and Family Centre first look
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Text: A new 12-bed facility offering dedicated mental health support and treatment for children and their families
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Text: Delivering vital residential mental health and wellbeing treatment to children
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Text: in an environment that allows them to stay with and be supported by their families
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Text: Featuring private rooms and shared living spaces
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Text: including a communal kitchen, dining, lounge,
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Text: laundry and family activity areas
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Text: outdoor gardens,
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Text: along with clinical consulting spaces.
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Text: The facility will provide 24-hour care and support for children and their families
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Up to three families can stay onsite where they can access around the clock care and support with:
- mental health challenges
- medication management
- issues like resolving disputes, school refusal and challenging behaviour.
The facility’s design creates a safe, welcoming, and healing atmosphere for children and their families.
The centre includes:
- private rooms
- shared living spaces including kitchen, dining, lounge and laundry
- family activity areas
- outdoor garden areas
- clinical consulting areas.
Better mental health for all Victorians
The Victorian-first was delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:
- Austin Health
- Kerstin Thompson Architects
- Building Engineering.
The centre is part of Victoria’s 10-year Mental Health Plan to achieve better mental health outcomes for Victorians and save lives.
It also responds to key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.
Learn more about the Statewide Child and Family Centre.
Last updated: 21 June 2023
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