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The $34.7 million Werribee Mercy Hospital mental health expansion of the Clare Moore Building was completed in August 2018. The redevelopment replaced the existing inpatient unit with a new 54-bed mental health facility.
The world-class redevelopment included a four-bed psychiatric assessment and planning unit, a 10-bed high dependency unit and a 40-bed low dependency unit. The project was part of Victoria’s Mental Health Plan, aimed at improving access to mental health services for vulnerable Victorians.
The new 54-bed mental health facility in the Clare Moore Building aimed to achieve the following benefits:
Individual rooms are spacious and sensitively designed, and there are no shared patient rooms. Each room has an ensuite, ensuring privacy for all patients. The facility also includes female only areas, ensuring safe environments for women accessing acute mental health treatment.
Natural light floods through the building and five courtyards provide welcomed outdoor spaces. Areas within the building have also been named to destigmatise mental health and promote recovery. For example, ‘seclusion rooms’ have been named ‘personal safety rooms’.
Access to specialist mental health services
About one in five Australians will experience an episode of mental illness during any one year. The 54-bed mental health facility enables more vulnerable Victorians to receive the care and treatment they need closer to home. The expansion also enables Werribee Mercy Hospital to meet growing demand or services in Melbourne’s west.
Fourteen new jobs including apprenticeships were created and 25 existing positions were retained for the duration of the building project.