The opening of a 10-bed Rockingham community subacute centre in Rockingham is a step closer with the awarding of a contract to Mind Australia to deliver mental health counselling and ancillary treatment services at the facility.
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the centre, which would provide recovery oriented services in a residential style setting, was on track to open in September 2016.
"The Liberal National Government is funding Mind Australia $5.7 million over five years to deliver services to assist people to recover from mental illness in a community setting," Ms Mitchell said.
"Mind Australia will partner with the South Metropolitan Health Service to provide on-site clinical support services.
"This is an innovative model that is a further example of the public-private partnerships that provides West Australians with the best value and outcomes for their healthcare dollar."
With construction expected to be completed by July 2016, the Minister said the new facility would deliver step-up services that provided short-term residential support to help people manage a change in their mental health, and step-down services to assist people transitioning back to living in the community after discharge from acute hospital care.
"The provision of adequate community beds and the strengthening of appropriate services in the community are crucial to reducing inappropriate and therefore excess demand for acute hospital care," Ms Mitchell said.
Step-up, step-down services help build better community understanding of mental health issues, removing much of the trauma, stigma and cost that can result from episodes of mental illness.
Currently, Western Australia has one 22 bed step-up, step-down subacute facility which opened at Joondalup in May 2013
In 2013-14 a mental health bed in a WA hospital cost $1,234 on average each day, and $453 in a community subacute centre
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