Southern Health Chief Executive Officer Shelly Park and Minister for Mental Health Lisa Neville.
Big mental health project underway
Victorians with a mental illness will benefit from the largest Victorian mental health development in 50 years thanks to the Government’s $69 million redevelopment of the mental health facility at Dandenong Hospital.
Turning the first sod on the project, Mental Health Minister Lisa Neville said the new state-of-the art facility would increase the quality of care Victorians received and address growing demand for mental health services in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Ms Neville said the development of the Dandenong mental health service would address current and future demand for inpatient and community-based care.
‘This project will increase the availability of secure beds in Victoria by almost 30 per cent through the provision of an additional 30-bed secure extended care unit.
‘Inpatient beds at the hospital will be increased from 77 currently to 120 once the development is complete.
‘An additional 30 residential beds will also be provided.’
Ms Neville said the new facilities would replace the outdated mental health acute inpatient units and, for the first time, provide a purpose-built aged acute mental health inpatient service at Dandenong Hospital.