Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Broome’s acute psychiatric unit set for 2012 completion

    21/10/2011 12:00 AM
    • $9.422million, 14-bed mental health facility on track for completion
    • Consultant psychiatrist, clinical nurse manager and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health co-ordinator already appointed
    A new acute psychiatric unit and paediatric facility for Broome is on schedule to be completed early next year.

    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said the new $9.422million, 14-bed acute psychiatric unit was being built as part of the second stage of the Broome Hospital redevelopment and would be the first of its kind in the north of Western Australia.

    “The unit will have two separate areas with an 11-bed area providing a general level of mental health care and a three-bed secure area providing an intensive specialist level of care,” Mrs Morton said.

    “Voluntary and involuntary patients and will be supported by Community Mental Health Services and the Broome Networked Recovery Centre which is under development.”

    Mrs Morton said the Aboriginal mental health team would include the co-ordinator, mental health liaison officers, patient care assistants and a therapy assistant.

    “A training program will help the Aboriginal staff to gain knowledge and experience in working with mental health clients.  The Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service is recruiting patient care assistants and a therapy assistant,” she said.

    The construction of the new facilities is part of the second stage of the Broome Hospital redevelopment.  Stage one, which included the redevelopment and upgrading of wards; operating theatres; specialist centre; and triage and reception areas, has been completed.
    Fact File
    • 60 to70 per cent of patients admitted will be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders
    • Includes a Commonwealth-funded paediatric building which will contain an eight bed, four cot facility located near the Nursery and Maternity Ward
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