Restrictions are in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives. For the latest information visit the DHHS Coronavirus webpage.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted some VHHSBA projects. View new restrictions to construction sites.

Status

Delivery

Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services - New secure psychiatric intensive care unit and bed expansion
Search Icon Search Close Icon

Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services - New secure psychiatric intensive care unit and bed expansion

Location 201 Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield, Victoria, 3078, Australia

The Thomas Embling Hospital is the leading specialist provider of secure forensic mental health services in Victoria.

This purpose-built secure facility provides advanced clinical treatment for patients within the criminal justice system who are either transferred from prison or ordered by the courts to be detained for psychiatric assessment and care.

The Thomas Embling Hospital provides treatment and programs for:

  • forensic patients found not guilty or unfit to be tried under the Crimes Act
  • prisoners that require compulsory mental health treatment under the Mental Health Act
  • civil patients of area mental health services unable to be managed in the community, who require compulsory treatment in a secure environment.

 

The Victorian Government has invested $23.48m to deliver a new psychiatric intensive care unit and capacity expansion at the Thomas Embling Hospital to meet the growing demand for secure forensic mental health services.

These expansion works include:

  • an 8-bed Secure Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (SPICU)
  • 10 additional beds across existing wards
  • 2 additional beds within the specialised women’s unit
  • priority upgrade works
  • ongoing development of the Thomas Embling Hospital masterplan.

Once completed this project will increase the total number of beds from 116 to 136, including two additional women’s beds taking the total number of secure women’s beds to 12.

Funding has also been allocated to establish the Forensic Mental Health Expansion Project to conduct foundational research to better inform how to address service expansion needs through adopting evidence based international design that supports best practice models of care.

Results from this research will be used to inform future planning for forensic mental health facility design and the ongoing development of the Thomas Embling Hospital masterplan, which will be further informed by the findings from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The prevalence of mental health conditions is three times higher in the criminal justice system, with one in three people assessed as having mental health treatment needs.

Forensic mental health facilities provide a wide range of services to patients within the criminal justice system including the compulsory and voluntary assessment and treatment of mentally ill offenders, people with a mental disorder and a history of criminal offending, those at risk of offending, and people who are found not guilty of an offence on the grounds of mental impairment.

The expansion of beds at the Thomas Embling Hospital and the development of a secure psychiatric intensive care unit will:

  • enable more people at risk to access the mental health services they need in a secure environment
  • reduce wait times for mental health assessment and treatment
  • support the rehabilitation and recovery of patients in a safe and therapeutic environment
  • reduce incidents of mental health deterioration and self-harm
  • increase access to sub-acute services and safety for female patients.

 

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority in partnership with:

  • Forensicare
  • Kane Constructions (builder)
  • MAAP Architects / DesignInc (architects).

 

Thomas Embling Hospital forensic mental health services
  • Location
  • 201 Yarra Bend Rd
    Fairfield, Victoria, 3078, Australia
  • Mail
  • 03 9495 9100

Share this

Last updated: 10 March 2020