Better mental health care in Geelong

More people in Geelong with acute mental illness will have better access to the intensive care services they need thanks to new funding from the State Government.

Acting Minister for Health Martin Foley and the Member for Geelong Christine Couzens today (22 March 2018) announced $6.8 million for two projects to revitalise mental health services at Barwon Health.

Barwon Health will receive $3 million from the State Government’s $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

A further $3.8 million is being invested from the Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Fund and other programs.

About $3 million will go towards the remodelling of the Swanston Centre Mental Health Acute Unit at University Hospital Geelong.

A purpose-built seclusion space and a four-bed intensive care area for assessment and treatment will create a safer and more secure environment to care for the most acutely unwell patients.

The refurbishment will create 19 jobs during construction, and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Barwon Health is also receiving $485,000 to upgrade the hydrotherapy pool at the McKellar Centre. The new pool tiles, pool deck and change rooms will provide patients who require hydrotherapy with the very best facilities.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 delivered $1.67 billion to help the State's hospitals meet demand and provide high-quality care.

Source: A state government media release