Prevention and Recovery Care centres operate across Melbourne and regional Victoria to help reduce pressure on hospital beds by providing safe, flexible, and responsive treatment and residential care for people who are becoming mentally unwell or recovering from an acute mental illness and no longer need hospital treatment, but short-term additional support remains vital to their recovery.
The North West Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care centre (WPARC) is the first purpose-built women’s facility in Victoria which allows for up to three dependent children to reside with their mothers whilst they receive care for mental ill health.
The new centre in St Albans, near the Sunshine Hospital, is operated by NorthWestern Mental Health and offers 24-hour support and treatment. It was designed to be a welcoming and home-like environment which includes:
- 12 private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
- Additional capacity to accommodate up to three dependent children.
- Communal living spaces including kitchen, dining, lounge, laundry, and activity areas.
- Outdoor garden for recreational activities and family visits.
- Clinical consulting areas.
- Staff and support areas.
- Car parking to support the centre, including a bike parking area.
The North West WPARC is a significant addition to the Victorian health care system, and IBC is extremely proud to have constructed the facility that supports women’s health and focuses on mental health recovery.
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