- Mental Health Observation Area (MHOA) opens at Joondalup Health Campus
- The new 10-bed area is a dedicated, custom-built unit next door to the main emergency department
- The MHOA may assist in reducing expensive readmissions and reduce waiting times in Perth's northern suburban emergency departments
Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook and Ramsay Health Care Australia Chief Operating Officer, Kate Munnings have today officially opened the $7.1 million Mental Health Observation Area at Joondalup Health Campus.
The 10-bed MHOA offers an improved service for people presenting with psychiatric disorders by providing a specialised service in a more clinically appropriate environment.
Prior to the establishment of the MHOA, patients were treated in the main area of the emergency department. The open layout of emergency departments is not ideal for managing mentally ill or intoxicated patients. This can be disruptive to many patients and staff and at worst, pose a security and safety risk.
The new MHOA has been modelled on some of the best in the country and features:
- Four bedrooms with sliding doors;
- Six patient bays;
- A patient lounge;
- A secure outdoor courtyard; and
- A waiting area.
The MHOA was a joint project between the State Government (contributing $5.1 million) and Ramsay Health Care Australia (contributing $2 million).
The Western Australian Government and Ramsay Health Care have a longstanding and successful Public Private Partnership.
Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The establishment of the new Mental Health Observation Area at Joondalup Health Campus will go part of the way to improving mental health services for residents in Perth's northern suburbs.
"In 2017, the Joondalup Health Campus emergency department had approximately 97,600 presentations, making it one of the busiest EDs in the country.
"Of these presentations about six per cent had a diagnosis relating to mental health, some of whom had to wait in the busy emergency department for long periods until a mental health bed became available somewhere in the State.
"These patients will now receive specialist care in a dedicated custom-built unit, offering a more clinically appropriate environment.
"With our Government's commitment to invest $167 million towards further expanding the hospital, residents in Perth's northern suburbs can expect to see even bigger improvements to health services at this campus in the coming years, including in the area of mental health.
"As part of the McGowan Labor Government's Plan for Mental Health and Mental Health Recovery Services, we are progressing with the introduction of Mental Health Observation Areas at Royal Perth Hospital and Geraldton Hospital."
Comments attributed to Ramsay Health Care Australia Chief Operating Officer, Kate Munnings:
"The Mental Health Observation Area is another excellent joint initiative between the WA Government and Ramsay Health Care.
"Ramsay Health Care has a longstanding partnership with the WA Government, which has seen the delivery of excellent health care to residents of Perth's northern suburbs for many years now.
"We are looking forward to working with the Government on the next stage expansion, which will help meet the growing needs of the local community."
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