Proposal put forward for private mental health facility in Deakin

Lachlan Roberts 12 September 2019 13

A private mental health clinic has been proposed for Deakin, to address the “pent up demand” for local private mental health services in the ACT.

Barwon Investment Partners and Healthe Care Australia have announced plans to build a private mental health facility co-located with Deakin’s Calvary John James Memorial Hospital on the corner of Strickland Crescent and Dennison Street.

The $20 million facility will house up to 52 beds and will grow to up to 80 beds over the short to medium term. It will also include an adolescent unit with around 14 beds.

Healthe Care Australia said The Deakin clinic, which is earmarked to open by mid-2020, will deliver in-patient, day group program and out-patient adult mental health services for high prevalence mood disorders and trauma recovery services.

It will also deliver adolescent and young adult mental health intervention and treatment.

An artist impression of Deakin Clinic mental health inpatient ward. Image: Supplied.

Healthe Care Australia chief executive officer Steve Atkins said the Deakin clinic will alleviate the city’s identified need for additional mental health services and deliver Canberra’s only dedicated private mental health beds for adolescents.

“As a private hospital operator of choice, Healthe Care is committed to investing in communities where there is a clear demand for private mental health services supported by local clinicians,” Mr Atkins said.

“Our local consultation with clinicians to date suggests strong support for, and demand around adolescent and young adult, general adult mental health and trauma support services.”

Mr Atkins said Canberrans are being forced to travel interstate to access similar private mental health services, with the proposed clinic aiming to “address pent up demand for local and accessible private mental health services in the ACT”.

“This facility will fast-track the delivery of critical mental health services, so the people of Canberra and beyond can access treatment close to home, with the necessary support from family and friends while they continue their recovery journey,” he said.

Healthe Care Australia and Barwon said they expect construction to commence in the coming months, despite the development application not being approved yet.

An Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate spokesperson said the application is currently under assessment and the planning and land authority has not made a decision to date.

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13 Responses to Proposal put forward for private mental health facility in Deakin
Jill Lee Bee Jill Lee Bee 12:42 pm 15 Sep 19

Need a pnd ward too, so mums can room in with their families

Adrian Sandrey Adrian Sandrey 8:59 am 15 Sep 19

Needs an adolescent unit urgently!!!

Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 7:57 am 15 Sep 19

Couldn't come soon enough.💕

Nell Feneck Nell Feneck 6:36 am 15 Sep 19

It’s a private mental health unit - so many won’t be able to access it bc it appears only the rich deserve to be healthy wt

    Kir Rin Kir Rin 7:41 am 15 Sep 19

    Nell Feneck it may also mean that those with PHI can go here and open up spaces in the public program. Either way it is at least adding to the inadequate service level available now.

    Kate Carey Kate Carey 8:26 am 15 Sep 19

    Or people who need services due to workplace trauma, covered by Comcare, or people who pay for private health insurance?

    Kerryn Price Kerryn Price 8:48 am 15 Sep 19

    But then the "rich" will be taken care of with their bags of money easing the burden off of the public system for the "poor" people to better access. OR we can just applaud ANY step that is taken to help those suffering from mental illness.

    Nell Feneck Nell Feneck 9:33 am 15 Sep 19

    Ok fair enough - any services is better than no services

Chris Ellis Chris Ellis 2:44 am 15 Sep 19

Great move.

Heather Purvis Heather Purvis 11:16 pm 14 Sep 19

14 beds for an adolescent unit will not be anywhere near enough. 52-80 beds will fill immediately & then be constantly bed blocked like every other MH unit... ppl seem to forget that ACT is unique in that there is always a high mix of local & interstate pts due to the catchment area...

    Julia Bocking Julia Bocking 4:23 am 15 Sep 19

    80 beds? Seeking economy of scale doesn’t work in this area of healthcare. 14 beds is perfect.

    Heather Purvis Heather Purvis 4:24 am 15 Sep 19

    Julia Bocking numbers straight from the article

Michelle Beadman Michelle Beadman 7:24 pm 14 Sep 19

Yes! Desperately needed in ACT 👍🏼👍🏼

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