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$460 million overhaul of mental health care in Western Sydney

Tuesday 2 May 2022

Western Sydney will soon be home to Australia’s largest mental health service, thanks to a $460 million commitment by the NSW Government for a brand-new facility at the Westmead Hospital Campus.  

The new Integrated Mental Health Complex will replace the mental health facilities at Cumberland Hospital and will provide first-class care to NSW’s fastest growing community. 

A key component of the investment will be designing and building modern, purpose-built facilities with input from consumers, their families and carers. The investment will also ensure improved service integration with Westmead Hospital to better support residents living with multiple health conditions. 

This announcement complements the $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program, NSW’s biggest ever mental health infrastructure reform program, which is delivering more and better co-designed facilities for people with mental health needs, their families, carers and staff. 

The $460 million funding will deliver a mental health complex linked to the Central Acute Services Building recently opened at Westmead. Services in the new complex include: 

  • a Mental Health Acute Assessment Unit (MHAAU) to enable direct and efficient assessment, referral and intake of patients 

  • acute mental health beds, including beds for youth, adolescent, adult, older persons and for adults living with eating disorders  

  • sub and non-acute mental health beds 

  • multidisciplinary ambulatory and outpatient services 

  • education facilities.  

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