The Hon Jillian Skinner MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Medical Research
November 10, 2011
TENDER AWARDED FOR DUBBO MENTAL
National Buildplan has been awarded the tender for the construction of the new $7.6 million mental health facility in Dubbo, the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, and the Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, said today.
The facility will be built in partnership with the Federal Government, on the grounds of the Dubbo Base Hospital. Construction is scheduled to start by the end of the year and the facility is expected to be finished by end of 2012.
“I'm delighted to announce further progress on this important 10-bed sub-acute mental health facility with the tender having been awarded and that work is expected to get underway in the coming weeks,” Mrs Skinner said.
“The facility will provide a 'step down' and 'step up' drug and alcohol rehabilitation and recovery service in a family-centred and culturally appropriate residential environment,” she said.
The facility will include:
- 10 bedrooms with ensuites;
- ADL (Activities of Daily Living) kitchen and laundry (where clients can practice using these facilities, so that they can manage the same activities when they go home);
- Consulting and meeting rooms;
- Activity room;
- Living / dining areas; and
- Community gardens.
Mr Grant said the facility would house patients who have been discharged from the Dubbo Base Hospital?s acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit who are in a sub-acute recovery phase.
“Patients will be housed in the facility to allow treatment in a less restrictive environment which has been designed to be family-centred and offer culturally competent care within a recovery framework,” Mr Grant said.
“The new unit will also be available for patients who require early intervention and short term respite to help prevent relapse of their condition and possible re-hospitalisation,” he said.