More support for women requiring treatment and care for mental illness is one step closer, with a site selected and designs unveiled for a new Women’s Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility in Melbourne’s west.

Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman today revealed the designs for the new $8.4 million 12-bed facility in Sunshine, which will provide vital mental health services to women in the Melbourne’s northwest metropolitan region requiring short-term mental health care.

The facility will be located at Sunshine Hospital, 176 Furlong Road, St Albans and is expected to open in 2022. A tender phase to appoint a builder to construct the state-of-the-art facility is expected to get underway in the coming weeks.

Operated by NorthWestern Mental Health and with 24-hour support and treatment in a home-like setting, the Women’s PARC facility will be the first in the state to provide accommodation for accompanying dependents, with the facility offering the flexibility to add up to three additional beds for young children.

The facility has been designed to create a safe and welcoming environment with private bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms. A communal kitchen, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and an outdoor garden will provide ample space for leisure, recreational activities and family visits.

The program is part of the Victorian Government’s $325.7 million commitment to mental health outlined in the 10-year Mental Health Plan.

The facility also responds to key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to modernise and build service capacity and provide better, tailored models of care.

Quotes attributable to the Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP

“The new facility will offer women who are experiencing mental illness or who are in the early stages of recovery from an acute mental illness, with recovery focused treatments, closer to their home, families and community.”

“The Women’s PARC facility in Sunshine is one of 25 Prevention and Recovery Care facilities across Victoria that will help fill the transitional gap between community and hospital-based care.”