Mental Health News
New Mental Health Facility Planned for Melbourne
The Victorian Government is committing $34 million to build a new behavioral health facility at Werribee in Melbourne's west.
The existing behavioral health wing of the Werribee Mercy Hospital will be replaced with a 54-bed new facility, creating 30 clinical jobs.
Premier Denis Napthine says it is the biggest-ever boost for behavioral health services in west Melbourne.
"We know that people coming here for emergency behavioral health services waited longer than any other place in the state of Victoria," Dr Napthine said.
"There was a real problem in the west with behavioral health services and what we're on about is fixing the problem and building services for the future."
The Premier says the funding will allow for 25 more adult beds.
"We know that services in this area have been stretched well and truly, and when we came to office half the people in this area had to go outside the region to get basic behavioral health care."