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December 2012

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Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge at Monash Medical Centre with mum Heidi Clark and baby Jye.

Mum’s the word

The Government is providing more than $1 million for the significant refurbishment of the specialist six-bed, mother-baby unit at Monash Medical Centre.

Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said the mother-baby units helped new mothers, who were experiencing mental health issues, to stay with their babies while accessing top-quality mental health treatment and care.

‘While most new mothers experiencing mental health symptoms can be successfully treated and supported within their local community, others need extra support and care.

‘A revamped mother-baby unit at the Monash Medical Centre will enable about 100 new mums each year to receive the specialist mental health care they need without having to be separated from their babies.

‘The refurbishment at the Clayton site will include the relocation of four bedrooms to the front of the unit with natural light and no disturbances from the adjacent acute inpatient unit.

‘In addition, larger bedrooms will accommodate babies in the same room as their mothers and also enable partners to sleep overnight.’

Victoria has more bed-based, mental health mother-baby services than anywhere else in Australia with three specialist units in metropolitan Melbourne – Monash Medical Centre, the Austin and Werribee Mercy.

‘We are also investing $6 million to build three more specialist bed-based services in rural Victoria with new services to be built in Ballarat, Traralgon and Bendigo.

‘The three metropolitan and the three rural mother baby services will ensure new mothers requiring specialist mental health care can access the care they need regardless of where they live,’ Ms Wooldridge said.