Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge and Melissa Lowndes.
Mental health unit opens at Monash
Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge has officially opened a new 10‑bed, short-stay residential prevention and recovery service for people with a mental illness in Monash.
The $3.3 million Monash Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) service is run by Southern Health and Eastern Region Mental Health Association.
‘The Government has a strong commitment to improving access to mental health care and we will expand PARC services across Victoria, including for demographic groups such as young people and women,’ Ms Wooldridge said.
PARC services are short-stay, residential facilities providing early intervention for people experiencing a mental illness, as well as a safe place for people to recover after a period of hospital admission.
Ms Wooldridge said services like the Monash PARC were a positive step forward in the treatment and care of people with a mental illness in a community setting.
‘The Monash PARC can care for up to 10 residents and offers supervised care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a maximum stay of four weeks,’ Ms Wooldridge said.
‘Services include individually-tailored recovery care planning for residents, day-to-day support and recovery services, as well as supervision and monitoring by mental healthcare specialists.
‘The Monash PARC will provide vital step-down care for people no longer needing hospital treatment for mental illness, while also reducing pressure on hospital beds by providing early intervention care and an alternative to hospital admission,’ Ms Wooldridge said.