23 Dec 2020 News

Sexual safety infrastructure upgrades for mental health facilities

Seventeen mental health services across Victoria will receive $9.3m in capital grants to improve the safety for Victorians receiving treatment and care for mental illness. The package will deliver 35 improvement projects with a focus on improving sexual safety across 25 adult acute inpatient facilities that collectively operate 829 mental health beds.

The upgrades will ensure that all bedroom doors have patient-controlled locks, making improvements to the security of women’s only areas, increasing the number of nurse call systems, improved privacy and the planning of dedicated family lounge areas where possible.

Interim findings from The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System identified patient safety as one of its key areas of focus. The Victorian Government has a high priority on ensuring consumer safety in acute mental health services and these capital improvements are a vital part of this program of work.
The following Mental health services in the Eastern Metropolitan Region will receive capital grants to improve the safety for Victorians receiving treatment and care for mental illness, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government:

 

Austin Health

  • Heidelberg Repat Hospital, Heidelberg West- $244,974

Eastern Health

  • Box Hill Hospital, Box Hill – $206,862.00
  • Maroondah Hospital IPU 1, Ringwood- $146,883
  • Maroondah Hospital IPU 2, Ringwood- $147,883