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Secure mental health still rumbling along

By johnboy 25 November 2013

In lieu of finishing anything we have a progress report on the Secure Mental Health Unit from the Chief Minister:

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today provided an update on the ACT’s Secure Mental Health Unit planning, with the release of a draft model of care, the appointment of an architect, and progress being made to fast-track the project.

The unit will be located at the former Quamby Youth Detention Centre site in Symonston and will co-locate 15 medium and 10 low secure beds with expected completion in late 2016.

“The Secure Mental Health Unit is the next step in expanding the mental health system in the ACT. It will respond to the needs of people with mental illness who are or are likely to become involved with the criminal justice system, and for others who cannot be treated in a less restrictive environment,” the Chief Minister said.

“The draft model of care outlines the approach that will be taken to care, treatment, recovery, security and requirements for privacy and dignity for people receiving care and treatment at the facility and will:

— help people maintain hope and give support in their recovery from mental illness;

— provide a safe and structured therapeutic environment for people with persistent and disabling symptoms of mental illness;

— manage clinical risk and put in place behaviour management interventions; and

— support individuals, their families and carers across the broad continuum of care, including transition of care to other teams/services within the ACT Health system.

Peramul Pedavoli, who did the work for Bimberi, have the contract to get the design right.

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