Take a look at our city’s new Mental Health Unit concept

Take a sneak peek at the design ideas for the new purpose-built Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit.

The designs will also be on display at Coles on Monday, July 10 from 3.30-5pm, then the following morning from 9-10.30am at Westside Plaza, and finally at the hospital itself in the main foyer of the Broken Hill Health Service from 11am-12.30pm.

The new designs showcase the exterior of the building, including key features such as the front entry and main courtyard.  The unit, set to be built at Broken Hill Base Hospital on Thomas Street, aims to provide a modern space for people with mental health needs, their families, carers, and staff.

Minister for Mental Health, Rose Jackson says the new facility will provide safe and reliable care for vulnerable people now and into the future.

“Safe and secure outside spaces are an important consideration in the design, with the availability of natural light and fresh air, as well as Indigenous influenced landscaping, contributing to a therapeutic and culturally safe environment for all people in our community,” Ms Jackson said.

“Internally, the unit will be used flexibly to care for a range of mental health consumers including the most vulnerable and those with very high needs.”

“Co-design has been crucial in providing valuable input into the infrastructure so that it meets the needs of Broken Hill and surrounding communities.”

“I encourage everyone in the community to view the concept designs and speak directly with the project team at a series of information sessions in July,” FWLHD Chief Executive, Mr Brad Astill said.

Mr Astill added that extensive consultation with staff, carers and the community, including Aboriginal representatives has allowed the project team to take on feedback on all aspects of the building design to ensure it best supports clinical and staffing needs

The upgrade is part of the Broken Hill Health Service Redevelopment, which will also include a $10 million upgrade to the Emergency Department.

Construction is set to begin in early 2024.

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