Planning starts on new Youth Prevention and Recovery Care facility in Parkville

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Planning starts on new Youth Prevention and Recovery Care facility in Parkville

07 October 2019

Young people needing mental health treatment and support will soon benefit from a new $11.9 million youth prevention and recovery care service (YPARC) in Parkville.


The 20-bed facility will offer short-term, flexible and responsive clinical and community services in a home-like environment. Due to open in 2021, the facility will be operated by NorthWestern Mental Health.

YPARC services provide vital care to young people (16 to 25 years) who no longer need hospital treatment for mental illness. The service also helps to reduce pressure on hospital beds by providing early intervention care and an alternative to hospital admission.

With the YPARC being built next door to Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and close to Melbourne Health, young people at the facility will have easy access to other support services.

Artist's impression of the centre

Artist's impression of a bedroom

Artist's impression of the dining area

Planning on the new YPARC in Parkville coincides with Mental Health Month. Each year in October, Mental Health Month is an opportunity to talk about mental health, reduce stigma and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the community.

The Victorian Government has allocated $172.8 million in 2019-20 to ensure Victorians get better mental health treatment and care, closer to home.

Learn more about the North West Metropolitan Youth Prevention and Recovery Care facility via our dedicated project page.

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