And it’s about time.
In some astoundingly brilliant news from the Barwon Health team, people in the Geelong region will soon be able to access mental health services from a central location in the heart of Geelong, thanks to a $16-milion investment from the State Government.
Taking over the office space at 181 Moorabool Street, the new five-story Mental Health Hub marks a new direction in how Barwon Health care for people in the community experiencing mental ill-health and addiction – further supporting their recovery journey.
The key takeaways
- The State Government is investing $16 to deliver a new Mental Health and Addiction Hub in Geelong
- The hub will provide greater access to treatment and support services for those that need it
- Located on Moorabool Street, construction is due to be completed in 2022
A collaboration between Barwon Health, and Up Property and Gartland Property with financial aid from the State Government, this central facility will provide greater access to treatment and support services for those in Geelong.
Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol clinical director Associate Professor Steve Moylan said the new hub’s ground floor would be a welcoming space for anyone to seek immediate support and care.
Prof Moylan said the space would be a fresh and identifiable place people could come to seek treatment that was not the emergency department, easing pressure on the hard-working emergency department.
As well as providing a welcoming space, the hub will offer services including assessment, navigation, care planning, treatment, wellbeing support and education, making it easier for people to access help when it’s needed.
The hub will consolidate existing services onto one site and provide extended operating hours including over the weekend and public holidays. Working from a contemporary, fit-for-purpose and safe facility, clinicians will provide telephone, online, walk-in, at-home and outreach services.
The hub will also include space for clinicians and researchers to come together and drive mental health service improvement through a learning health care system.
Construction will get underway this month and is on track to be completed in late 2022.
You can read more about it via Barwon Health.
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