$39.6 Million Mental Health Inpatient Unit – Hervey Bay


The State Government has announced that construction on a new acute mental health inpatient unit at Hervey Bay Hospital will being in December 2020.

Woollam Constructions were awarded the main construction contract and early works is set to get under way at the site, which is located on Urraween Road and positioned next to the new emergency department.

Minister for Health Yvette D’Ath outlined that the new facility will more than the double the mental health bed capacity on the Fraser Coast

“This new 22-bed unit marks an important expansion of local mental health services and will also be the base of operations for the Community Acute Care Team”.

“It will enable more timely access for consumers and help to divert mental health presentations away from the emergency department”.

“This is yet another sign of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to mental health services in regional Queensland”.

Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari was excited about the start of works.

“For the first time, there will be mental health inpatient capacity at Hervey Bay, and that’s great news for the local community”.

“The inpatient unit will also mean more jobs for the Fraser Coast, with an estimated 115 construction-related jobs created during the build and up to 30 additional ongoing health-related roles once in the region”, Mr Tantari said.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson outlined that she was looking forward to construction starting on the project, which would be a game-changer for mental health on the Fraser Coast.

“Developing and expanding our inpatient and community mental health services is a key part of our strategic plan, Care Comes First… Through Patients’ Eyes”.

“Our Mental Health team has advocated strongly for the need to increase our services on the Fraser Coast, and this project will help to address that need by significantly increasing our inpatient capacity and tailoring our services to suit the needs of our community”, she said.

WBHHS Executive Director of Mental Health and Specialised Services Robyn Bradley outlined how the design of the acute inpatient unit had been strongly driven by input from consumers, clinicians and service partners.

“The end result will be a fantastic facility focused on recovery, while also drawing on the latest technology to ensure the safety of our consumers and staff”.

“Its close proximity to Hervey Bay Hospital’s emergency department will enable our team to work more collaboratively with the emergency team, which will mean better outcomes for our consumers,” Ms Bradley said.

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– Media Release: Construction set to commence on new mental health inpatient unit in Hervey Bay
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