28-34 Pleasant Street South ,
The Victorian Government invested $6 million in the new Grampians Prevention and Recovery Care centre.
The 12-bed facility will provide short-term treatment and support in a residential setting for people experiencing mental illness in the Ballarat and Grampians region.
The new facility is one of 20 Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) centres across Melbourne and regional Victoria, providing community-based treatment for people who are unwell or recovering from mental illness.
The program is part of the Victorian Government’s $325.7 million investment in mental health services outlined in the 10-year Mental Health Plan.
The Grampians Prevention and Recovery Care centre will aim to provide the following benefits:
Recovery-oriented treatment and support
The centre will provide early intervention support and clinical treatment for people who are unwell, or who are in the early stages of recovery from an acute illness and need a short period of extra support.
Reducing hospital admissions and length of stay
Prevention and recovery care centres operate via a 'step-up/step-down' model. They provide early intervention for people who are unwell (step-up), and a community-based treatment option for people in the early stages of recovery (step-down). The new Grampians Prevention and Recovery Care centre will provide additional care and support following hospital admission and before returning home.
Residential support options delivered locally
The centre will offer a safe and supportive residential setting for people suffering mental illness who may find it difficult to cope at home. The service will help people suffering mental illness who could benefit from treatment and support in a short to medium-term residential stay. The centre will help fill the service gap between community and hospital-based care.
Maintaining connections to community
The centre is located in central Ballarat, close to public transport and shops. This allows patients to receive treatment while still having access to their existing support networks and community. This also helps to remove some of the stigma around mental illness.
Local character and sustainable design
The facility is designed to be 'home-like' for therapeutic reasons and enhance the neighbourhood's character. Wide eaves and sheltered outdoor activity spaces make the building more sustainable and resilient to changing climates.
The Archer and Fraser houses on Pleasant Street South were also repaired and refurbished as part of the project. Designed by prominent Ballarat architect Les Coburn, these houses have local significance and heritage value.