Mental Health Reform Victoria is inviting expressions of interest from private hospitals to establish a women's mental health service, in partnership with a public mental health service.

In its interim report, the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System recommended commissioning 35 private acute beds to help ease the pressure on the public mental health system.

Mental Health Reform Victoria is delivering on that recommendation by commissioning a dedicated service to provide mental health treatment and care for people who identify as women.

Why a women's mental health service?

The Royal Commission's interim report identified gaps in the current mental health service provision for women.

Female consumers reported a range of gender-based safety issues that impacted their experiences of in-patient mental health care.

Why an expression of interest process?

The expression of interest process has been developed to attract the most innovative service providers.

We are seeking a new service that will place women's mental health at the forefront and draw on innovative models of care to address the current issues.

The service will play a lead role in building the evidence base around women's mental health. Expressions of interest close Wednesday 9 December. For more information please visit the Buying for Victoria website:

Learn more about how we're delivering new acute mental health beds across Victoria.