Rockingham steps up with new mental health centre

Four men standing beside a new commerative plaque on a wall
RkPG team at the opening of the new mental health centre – (L-R) Steve Batson, Program Manager Community Mental Health, David Jones, Team Leader IDTU, Dr Gordon Shymko A/Director Clinical Services, Dr Huw Williams, Clinical Lead Adult and Sub-Acute
October 17, 2016

Rockingham Peel Group (RkPG) marked World Mental Health Day with the opening of a new subacute mental health care facility.

The 10-bed step-up, step-down centre will provide a range of mental health care services for people recently discharged from hospital or at risk of deteriorating mental health.

South Metropolitan Health Service will provide clinical services at the centre, with recovery-oriented support services to be provided by NGO Mind Australia.

The centre will deliver short-term residential support to help people manage a change in their mental health or transition back to living in the community after discharge from hospital.

RkPG Mental Health Service A/Service Co-Director Steve Batson said the centre is a step in the right direction for mental health services in Rockingham.

“Dealing with a mental health issue can be a scary and isolating experience, especially if it involves a hospital admission,” Steve said.

“This service aims to bridge the gap between the community and the hospital so more people can get the support they need in the community, as well as reducing demand on hospital beds.” 

The centre was officially opened on Wednesday 12 October with a ceremony attended by the Minister for Mental Health Hon Andrea Mitchell.