Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor officially opened the Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Service at Blacktown Hospital, with the modern therapeutic space ensuring people can recover in a calm, healing environment.
Mrs Taylor said the state-of-the-art 30-bed unit has been designed to support recovery-orientated contemporary models of care, with locals with lived experience and the wider community playing a key role in its design and delivery.
“There is an abundance of natural light, beautifully designed outdoor areas, sensory and de-escalation spaces and stunning artwork throughout the new facility.
“All of this contributes to a therapeutic space that promotes cultural, emotional, psychological and physical safety and empowerment.”
The new unit features:
- 30 single-bed rooms each with unique artwork
- two spacious dining and recreation rooms filled with natural light
- a dedicated room for art therapy and other therapeutic activities
- sensory modulation rooms including comfortable chairs and lounges, TV and skyview ceiling panel
- indoor and outdoor exercise and fitness facilities
- landscaped gardens
The purpose-built unit is part of the $700 million state-wide Mental Health Infrastructure Program to support the delivery of mental health care reform in NSW – the single biggest investment in mental health infrastructure to date.
Consumers and staff seamlessly transitioned from Bungarribee House at Blacktown Hospital into the new unit on Tuesday, 22 February, following a smoking ceremony held on Monday, 21 February.
The relocation also complements the more than $700 million Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Expansion Project, and makes way for Bungarribee House to be demolished and work to begin on an additional new purpose-built mental health facility at Blacktown Hospital.