In 2015-16, the State Government will invest more than $612 million in mental health specialist hospital services.
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said this was a $30 million increase on 2014-15 and a $179 million, or 41 per cent, increase since the Mental Health Commission was established in 2010-11. Western Australia continues to have the highest per capita expenditure and clinical staffing in specialised mental health services in Australia.
At Fiona Stanley Hospital where WA's first dedicated mental health unit for young people has commenced operation, Mrs Morton announced an additional $2.5 million for a two-year trial of a specialist community mental health service to support young people with a mental illness to stay out of hospital, or return home after an inpatient stay.
Providing more hospital beds closer to where people live has been a priority for the State Government.
"In addition to the dedicated youth beds, there is also a new eight-bed mother and baby mental health unit plus an eight-bed short stay observation and stabilisation mental health unit. This means 1,283 additional admissions to a specialist mental health hospital bed each year," Mrs Morton said.
"This Government has previously added 30 mental health beds to Rockingham Hospital, 13 at Broome Hospital and seven additional beds at Albany Hospital, allowing an extra 1,081 admissions to a specialist mental health hospital bed each year."
Treasurer Mike Nahan said further significant investment would see more new specialist mental health inpatient services come online soon.
"Thirty mental health beds at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital's new mental health unit and 56 mental health beds at the $360 million Midland Health Campus will replace the current mental health beds at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Swan Health Campus and nine beds from Graylands Hospital. These 86 beds are expected to become operational in late 2015," Dr Nahan said.
"The $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital, which is due to open in 2016, will provide 20 mental health beds, including six additional beds, meaning an additional 203 admissions to a specialist mental health hospital bed each year."
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