The State’s dedicated eating disorders program for children and adolescents has a new facility at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH).
Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs, who officially opened the building today following the 18-month design and construction process, said the unit would bring together services onto one site for the first time.
“This new space will enable the provision of a comprehensive eating disorders program in one place, including an area for educational and therapeutic sessions for children and adolescents,” Dr Jacobs said.
“The eating disorders program delivers an evidence-based approach to the management of eating problems. This service is one of the most comprehensive programs in Australia for young people with an eating disorder.”
The 600m2 building houses 12 therapy rooms and a large facility room for the unit’s day treatment program for outpatients. There is disabled access to the building.
The Minister said the additional purpose-built facility was an example of PMH’s commitment to delivering required services for patients.
“The facilities have been designed so that we are providing a service that really meets the patients’ needs,” he said.
“In addition to the enhanced facilities for patients and families, the new building houses the day treatment program which provides an alternative to in-patient care and has reduced patient admissions.”
The new treatment area allows for physiotherapy, nutrition, psychology, nursing, education and occupational therapy services to be provided. Classroom facilities ensure that patients are able to continue their studies while receiving treatment.
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