Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    New Broome mental health facility on its way

    1/12/2016 11:30 AM
    • Six-bed community service to support Broome families with mental health issues
    • Community consultation process to begin with preferred location identified

    The Liberal National Government has announced the site for the construction of a new $4.8 million community mental health facility in Broome.


    The six-bed step-up, step-down facility will be built at 57 Robinson Street, facing Hamersley Street.


    Announcing the location in Broome today, Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the new facility would be a significant additional resource in the Kimberley to help people with mental health issues and their families.


    "This facility is one of six that are being built across Western Australia to provide short-term residential support for people, following hospitalisation for mental illness, or at risk of possible hospitalisation," Ms Mitchell said.


    "Step-up, step-down services can help people recover safely in their community and help to keep them out of hospital - for some people this can be the best option to promote recovery.


    "This is a significant boost for mental health services in the region and part of the State Government's plan to help people obtain more effective community-based care, close to support from family and friends.


    "The Mental Health Commission is committed to the development of a facility that will address specific needs of the Broome community, including the cultural sensitivities around the treatment of indigenous people."


    The Commission is also progressing plans to establish community step-up, step-down facilities in Bunbury and Karratha, in line with the 'Better Choices. Better Lives. Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025.'


    Fact File

    • From the 804 admissions to the State's first community step-up, step-down service in Joondalup, only 32 admissions (4%) were referred on to inpatient hospital care
    • A 10-bed community step-up, step-down service was opened in Rockingham this year
    • In 2015-16, an acute-care mental health bed in a WA hospital cost on average $1,384 a day, compared with $595 in a community step-up, step-down service

    Minister's office - 6552 5400


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