A new community mental health 10-bed step up/step down service has been established for the Goldfields region and delivers on a WA Government election commitment.
Opened by Premier Mark McGowan and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook, the service will provide short-term residential support and specialist treatment for people experiencing mental health issues, in a support, community-based environment.
The service will provide the Goldfields region with another option other than Kalgoorlie Hospital, and allow individuals to find support close to their home and personal support networks as they progress their recovery.
The new Kalgoorlie service delivers on the WA State Priorities 2020-2024 and the WA Government’s commitment to assisting people with individualised care while remaining connected to their community and support networks.
The WA Government has invested more than $30 million to establish regional community mental health step up/step down services across the State.
Services are already operational in Albany, Bunbury, Joondalup and Rockingham, with another service opened in Geraldton, and Broome and Karratha on their way.
Over the next four years, the Kalgoorlie service will be funded with close to $10 million in State Government funding, creating local job opportunities through service provider Neami National and clinical services from the WA Country Health Service.
For more information about step up/step down services, visit http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/stepupstepdown
Source: WA Government