Funding Announced For Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Emergency Centre

Funding Announced For Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Emergency Centre

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan

Western Australia Minister for Health and Mental Health Roger Cook

New Mental Health Emergency Centre For Eastern Suburbs

Victor P Taffa

  • A Mental Health Emergency Centre at St. John of God Midland Public Hospital will be developed to treat patients with drug, alcohol, acute mental health and behavioural issues
  • McGowan Government commits $1 Million in initial funding to kickstart the project
  • Centre will help take pressure off the hospital’s busy emergency department by initially providing 4 beds and 2 bays

Premier Mark McGowan and Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook today announced funding towards the detailed planning works required to develop a Mental Health Observation Area (MHOA) at St. John of God Midland Public Hospital, which will be called ‘The Midland Hospital Mental Health Emergency Centre.’

“This centre will provide a dedicated and appropriate environment for people experiencing drug, alcohol and acute mental health issues.” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“This funding highlights the State Government’s commitment to addressing toxicology and mental health issues in the wider community.”

McGowan Government has allocated $1 Million towards the Mental Health Emergency Centre, which will specifically cater for people with drug, alcohol and acute mental health related issues.

Specially trained staff will provide appropriate care and the space will initially incorporate 4 patient beds and 2 chairs.

“This funding will go towards helping the most vulnerable members of our community experiencing acute mental health or behavioural episodes.” Minister for Health and Mental Health Roger Cook said.

“Today’s announcement brings the number of Mental Health Observation Areas in Western Australia to 4, once it is complete.”

Centre will provide patients with timely care in a private and appropriate space that is away from the hospital’s busy emergency department.

Last financial year, more than 71,000 presentations were made to the St. John of God Midland Public Hospital’s emergency department, a 7 % increase over the previous year.

WA Minister for Health Roger Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As one of the busiest emergency departments in Western Australia, St. John of God Midland Public Hospital’s emergency department sees about 12 people per day with mental health, toxicology or behavioural issues.

Hospital forms part of the East Metropolitan Health Service and is located in a growing region, with an expected population increase of about 50 % by 2036 in the City of Swan.

Mental Health Observation Areas are already established at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus.

As part of the 2018-19 State Budget, the McGowan Government has committed $11.4 Million towards the establishment of a MHOA at Royal Perth Hospital.