The Victorian Government today released designs and announced the builder for 120 new acute mental health beds across Epping, Geelong, Parkville and St Albans.

The new mental health beds were a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System in its Interim Report.

The facilities will increase capacity in an overwhelmed mental health system, reduce the pressure on hospital emergency departments and ensure more people can get the care they need when then need it.

The bed designs have been carefully considered to create a safe, welcoming, and healing atmosphere. They have been developed in partnership with consumers and carers with lived experience of the mental health system, as well as the mental health workforce.

The beds will be spread across Northern Health’s Epping campus (30 beds), Barwon Health’s McKellar Centre (16 beds), the Royal Melbourne Hospital (22 beds) and Western Health’s Sunshine Hospital (52 beds).

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Lendlease Building has been appointed head contractor to build the project following a competitive tender process. Construction is set to begin in mid-2021, with all four facilities are expected to be operational by 2023.

The beds will deliver 43,000 extra days of hospital-based care, meaning an estimated 2,500 more people will be able to get the help they need, when they need it most.

Visit the Victorian Health Building Authority’s website for more information.