Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Our State Budget 2016-17: Supporting and protecting our community - Mental healthcare boost for growing Joondalup

    11/05/2016 10:30 AM
    • Approval for new $7.1 million Mental Health Observation Area
    • To be modelled on successful unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    • 84% increase in mental health funding since 2008-09 

    Construction of the State's second Mental Health Observation Area (MHOA) will start soon at Joondalup Health Campus, with a $5.1 million project funding allocation in the 2016-17 State Budget.


    Announcing the project today, Health Minister John Day, Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell and Treasurer Mike Nahan said the 10-bed facility would improve the care of mentally ill patients presenting to Joondalup's Emergency Department (ED) which was already one of the busiest in Australia.


    "Of the almost 100,000 people attending Joondalup's ED in the 2014-15 financial year, three per cent were treated for psychiatric disorders, with 30 per cent of those requiring admission to a mental health unit," Mr Day said.


    "It is well recognised that these units provide a more clinically suitable, low-stimulus environment for many patients suffering mental illness.


    "It will be modelled on the successful unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), which has recorded more than 2,600 admissions during its first two years of operation."


    Ramsay Health Care, which operates Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) under a public private partnership, will invest $2 million in the MHOA, with a total project budget of $7.1 million.


    Ms Mitchell said that of the more than 800 patients who stayed for more than 24 hours in JHC's ED each year, almost half of those were undergoing assessment for placement in an appropriate mental health unit.


    "This purpose-built facility will allow patients with a mental illness to be placed in an appropriate environment where they can be accurately assessed and the correct treatment pathway determined without the time pressures that exist in an ED," Ms Mitchell said.


    "Diagnosing and creating a treatment plan for someone suffering an acute psychiatric episode is not usually as quick as diagnosing someone with a broken arm."


    Treasurer Mike Nahan said the State Government had rebuilt the health system, including three new metropolitan hospitals, to cope with the record demand created by the huge population growth since 2008.


    "The boom caused our State's population to grow by an enormous 450,000 people in the past eight years, putting significant pressure on all public services," Dr Nahan said.


    "If West Australians wonder what happened with that unprecedented heightened economic activity, they just need to look in their own backyard for the local example of the 15 new hospitals, 26 major upgrades and 20 investments in emergency departments across the State.


    "It was entirely appropriate to use the revenue generated during the period to build the infrastructure for the future to cope with the increased number of people requiring medical treatment.


    "These investments made by the Government have not only ensured WA's health system has world-class facilities, but created jobs for thousands of West Australians and ensured we made the most of the economic activity.


    "With strong alignment to the Mental Health Commission strategies and the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025: Better Choice. Better Lives the MHOA meets the need for an enhanced model of emergency mental health care."


    The observation area is expected to open in 2018.


    Fact File

    • $5.1 million investment by the State Government, $2 million investment by Ramsay Health Care
    • The SCGH MHOA recorded 2,604 admissions in the two years after opening on February 4, 2014
    • Since 2008, the State Government has built 15 new hospitals and health facilities, as well as 26 major upgrades to healthcare facilities
    • Across WA, there have been 20 investments in EDs over the past eight years 

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