Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Karratha mental health facility one step closer

    2/11/2016 3:00 PM
    • Six-bed community service to support Pilbara families in need
    • Liberal National Government enhancing mental health services in the regions

    A new community mental health facility for the Pilbara is on its way, with Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell today announcing a $9.7 million investment made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program.


    Ms Mitchell said the six-bed step-up/step-down mental health service would provide short-term residential support and individualised care for people following hospitalisation for mental illness, or those at risk of deteriorating mental health and possible hospitalisation.


    "Step-up/step-down services promote recovery and independence by reducing the risk of trauma and stigma that can sometimes result from time spent in hospital due to mental health issues, especially where an admission to hospital can be avoided," Ms Mitchell said.


    "The services aim to support people safely in the community and close to support from family and friends, where people generally recover better.


    "By strengthening services in the community, we can provide more effective care for people closer to where they live and also reduce the demand on hospital beds."


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new facility would provide mental health services tailored to the specific needs of the region.


    "This significant Royalties for Regions investment will strengthen appropriate care options for people closer to where they live and provide them with a better quality of life," Mr Redman said. 


    "This is another example of how Royalties for Regions is enhancing the delivery of sustainable services that are crucial to regional communities."


    In line with the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025: Better Choices. Better Lives, the State Government is also progressing plans to establish community step-up/step-down facilities in Bunbury and Broome.


    Fact File

    • Only 32 (4%) admissions at the Joondalup mental health facility were referred on to inpatient hospital care
    • A 10-bed community step-up, step-down service was opened in Rockingham in early October
    • There are big things happening in regional WA.  Find out how Royalties for Regions is transforming your regional community at RfRmap.drd.wa.gov.au

    Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700


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