Community based care 02 November 2023

Welcome to VHBA In Brief

Welcome to the latest Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) newsletter, VHBA In Brief.

In this issue, find out about our latest project milestones and explore:

  • Sunshine Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre complete
  • Frankston Hospital redevelopment crane honours volunteers 
  • Wyndham Early Parenting Centre complete.

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Sunshine Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre now complete

Take a look at the new state-of-the-art centre at Western Health's Sunshine Hospital in St Albans.

The new mental health facility will allow residents of Melbourne's western suburbs to access acute mental health treatment in a modern and safe setting.

The multi-million-dollar project was funded through the $801 million Mental Health Beds Expansion Program.

The centre was designed in consultation with people with lived experience of the mental health system.

The new 52-bed centre was recently completed

Text on screen: A new 52-bed acute mental health facility, the Sunshine Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre, has been completed at Western Health’s Sunshine Hospital in St Albans

Images: a montage of the completed rooms at the new facility

Text on screen: Built using a modular construction solution, where the units were completed off-site and installed later

Images: footage of construction work being completed

Text on screen: the new centre will reduce pressure on Sunshine Hospital’s busy emergency department Images: aerial footage of the hospital emergency department exterior

Text on screen: Take a look inside. The state-of-the-art new facility features treatment and multi-purpose rooms, staff and family lounge with internal courtyard and garden areas. It has been designed to provide a safe, welcoming and healing environment. On track to welcome patients in coming weeks, the Sunshine Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre will provide more than 18,900 days of care to an estimated 1,153 people each year.

Images: a montage of the completed rooms at the new facility Images: A sliding transition screen displays the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos and the web address vhba.vic.gov.au

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In the spotlight

Crane named after Frankston Hospital Pink Ladies volunteers

A tower crane being used in the Frankston Hospital redevelopment has been named 'Pinkies' after longstanding volunteer group - the Pink Ladies.

The Pink Ladies Auxiliary is Peninsula Health's longest-running volunteer group. Since 1968, the Pinkies have raised over $10 million for Frankston Hospital.

Now the group's name is high on a tower crane in Frankston's skyline, in celebration of every members' contribution.

The Pink Ladies talk about being honoured for their work.

Text on screen: Since 1968, the Pink Ladies volunteers have raised over $10 million for Peninsula Health.

Images: aerial footage of the hospital construction

Text on screen: A crane on the site of the Frankston Hospital redevelopment has been named ‘Pinkies’ in their honour.

Images: volunteers preparing sandwiches at the hospital café; Carole Thwaites, President Pink Ladies is interviewed; footage of volunteers at the hospital cafe

Voiceover: We are really well known for our sandwiches. You get quite a good serving. When I come in, I come down the hill and it's all dark. First thing we do isn't that we open up at seven o'clock and uh, it's still dark at this time of the year anyway. Then you get the nurses coming in, the doctors are coming in and it, it starts to buzz. It's such a busy hospital.

Images: Fiona Reed, Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery is interviewed

Voiceover: We've been really fortunate to have the Pink Ladies as part of the fabric, with Peninsula Health.

Images: a portrait of Edna Vincent, Founder, Pink Ladies; a framed newspaper clipping of the Pinkies; the Pink Ladies putting on pink hard hats

Voiceover: We've handed over lots of money over the years. I think it's just under $11 million has been raised during that time.

Text on screen: The Pink Ladies recently raised $100,000 for an ultrasound simulator for the hospital’s ICU

Images: Dr Kavi Haji, Director, Intensive Care Unit, is interviewed; footage of the Pink Ladies walking through the hospital; footage of volunteers working in the hospital cafe

Voiceover: Ultrasound and echocardiography, which is ultrasound of the heart, having it at the bedside, it takes the guess away. It becomes more certain what I'm dealing with. Here the Pink Ladies gift comes into place. With that donation, we were able to purchase an ultrasound simulator, an invaluable resource for our doctors and nurses so that when they go and they perform the assessment on the patient, they do it with confidence and accurately.

Text on screen: The Pink Ladies have committed annual funding for a research role

Images: Fiona Reed, Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery is interviewed; footage of volunteers working in the hospital cafe

Voiceover: We really wanted to work with the Pink Ladies to look at how we can really support our workforce, and this position will be a joint position with Peninsula Health and Monash University, and we wouldn't be able to recruit to it without the financial support from the Pink Ladies. With it being nursing and midwifery research, it's about boarding capability and research capacity across the network.

Images: Carole Thwaites, President Pink Ladies is interviewed; footage of volunteers at the hospital café; Karen Scott, Vice President Pink Ladies is interviewed; footage of a ‘Pinkies the crane’ sign

Voiceover: A lady came down and she looked a bit sad and the tears are just rolling down her face. She couldn't talk. She was losing her mother at the time. I just stopped and I just went round, put moms around her and uh, she just needed some sort of comfort. And, you know, about three hours later she came down specifically to see me, and thanked me for just giving her that little bit of support. It's a special thing and it makes everything worthwhile. And that's what the girls do. They just love to chat to people. They might chat too long sometimes. Sometimes, yeah. We're just so happy having that crane named after us. It was a bit of a surprise, as I'd never heard of it before. No, no. But then I googled it and I, yeah, it's a bit of an honour.

Images: Dr Kavi Haji, Director, Intensive Care Unit, is interviewed; footage of the Pink Ladies walking through the hospital

Voiceover: Well, it's an acknowledgement, showing appreciation. They're volunteers, they do it out of the goodness of their heart. Images: Carole Thwaites, President, Pink Ladies, and Karen Scott Vice President, Pink Ladies are interviewed

Voiceover: We're way up there now, aren't we, Karen? Yeah. It really is an honour. It really is.

Images: aerial footage of hospital construction; Dr Kavi Haji, Director, Intensive Care Unit, is interviewed

Voiceover: The redevelopment of Frankston Hospital is a massive step.

Images: Fiona Reed, Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery is interviewed

Voiceover: It ticks all the boxes to support our community.

Images: aerial footage of hospital construction; Dr Kavi Haji, Director, Intensive Care Unit, is interviewed

Voiceover: We have a big catchment area. This is very important for the people of Mornington Peninsula.

Images: Carole Thwaites, President, Pink Ladies, and Karen Scott Vice President, Pink Ladies are interviewed

Voiceover: Some people have even told me they come down just to buy a sandwich. I would recommend grabbing a sandwich on the way out.

Images: A screen displays ‘in partnership with Peninsula Health and Exemplar Health’. A sliding transition screen then displays the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos and the web address vhba.vic.gov.au

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Wyndham Early Parenting Centre construction complete

Families in Wyndham and surrounding communities will soon be able to access specialised support to care for their little ones.

Construction is complete on the Wyndham Early Parenting Centre.

At the centres, parents and caregivers of babies or children under four years can receive extra support, including with building parenting capacity and skills.

The early parenting centres expansion and upgrade program is delivering upgrades to two existing EPCs, as well as building nine new EPCs. The centres will be in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

Look inside the brand-new, multi-million-dollar Wyndham Early Parenting Centre.

Text on screen: Construction is complete on the new, multi-million dollar Wyndham Early Parenting Centre

Images: aerial footage of the completed centre seen in its suburban setting, and from directly above

Text on screen: It is the first of nine new Early Parenting Centres to open its doors in Victoria Images: front entry of the building with sign directing to reception, deliveries and car parking

Text on screen: Take a look inside Images: a child’s wooden block train on a tabletop

Text on screen: Early Parenting centres support parents and caregivers with babies and toddlers from 0-4 years old

Images: view past reception base down corridor to consulting rooms, followed by close-up of sign reading ‘pram parking’

Text on screen: The centres help build parenting skills, from enhancing parent-child relationships to providing support with:

Images: large meeting room with artwork across several wall spaces, a large screen, chairs and children’s play activity equipment.

On screen text reads ‘Artwork by Kobi Sainty’

Text on screen: sleep, settling or feeding; bonding, developmental milestones, adjusting to parenthood and building parenting skills

Images: child’s bedroom with cot and feeding chair; close-up of activity play equipment in a meeting room; outdoor playground equipment and various couches with child’s table setting and toy train plus onscreen text ‘Artwork by Kobi Sainty’

Images: aerial footage of the new centre in its suburban setting

Images: A sliding transition screen displays the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos and the text ‘learn more at vhba.vic.gov.au’

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