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Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program

The NSW Government is implementing the state’s biggest ever mental health infrastructure reform program, delivering more and better co-designed facilities for people with mental health needs, their families, carers and staff.

The $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program (SWMHIP) is designed to support the delivery of this mental health infrastructure reform program in NSW.

The investment will transform existing infrastructure and support new contemporary health care models and provide new specialist mental health units.

The program is being managed by Health Infrastructure (HI). HI is working with the NSW Ministry of Health, Local Health Districts and speciality health networks, consumers, carers, and staff. Together, our vision is to ‘create capacity for safe, high quality and integrated mental health care across NSW, co-designed with consumers, carers and staff.’ 

Since the announcement of the SWMHIP in 2018 planning has been undertaken for a range of specialist mental health services.
The planning has included services for:

  • older people 
  • children and adolescents 
  • perinatal mothers and their babies 
  • forensic mental health 
  • transitioning of long-stay patients to a community setting.
More information on these can be found on our Programs and Projects page and

The Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program brochure.

It's all about reform! Watch the video below to learn more about the work we are doing. 

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Program benefits

Through working collaboratively with all our partners, the SWMHIP is focused on achieving eight key benefits for people with a lived experience of mental health, their carers, family members and staff.
  1. Better mental health, physical health and wellbeing outcomes for mental health consumers.
  2. Improved patient and carer satisfaction through delivery of patient centred and recovery-oriented care.
  3. Increased access to appropriate care.
  4. Reduction in number of long stay patients in NSW mental health facilities.
  5. Enhanced capacity and improved efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of mental health services.
  6. Create capacity by delivering infrastructure that is co-designed by consumers, their family, carers and staff.
  7. Address service gaps to provide appropriate care and meet future demand.
  8. Improvements in patient and staff safety.


The SWMHIP recognises the valuable contribution people with a lived experience, carers, family members and staff can make in overseeing improvements to mental health care.

The NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation has reported that co-design ‘improves healthcare services for patients by bringing together all stakeholders and consumers in partnership, to develop health services that best meet the needs of consumers and carers in the most effective way possible.’

We are currently working on the following co-design projects:
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District 
  • Nexus Unit, John Hunter Hospital Innovation Precinct
  • Mother and Baby Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District and Mother and Baby Unit at Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney Local Health District 
  • Banksia Mental Health Unit
  • Older persons’ and medium secure units for adults at Campbelltown Hospital, South Western Sydney Local Health District 
  • Forensic mental health units, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health.
More information on these can be found on our Programs and Projects page.

You can find out more about being a consumer representative with the factsheet below:

Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program Consumer Factsheet.

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Our partners

The SWMHIP takes a collaborative approach to planning and design. The SWMHIP team works alongside mental health care specialists (clinical and policy) and consumer representatives and advocacy groups. 

The NSW Ministry of Health’s Mental Health Branch is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating NSW Ministry of Health policy, strategy and program funding relating to mental health. The Branch also supports the maintenance of the mental health legislative framework.

The work of the Mental Health Branch is delivered mainly through the mental health programs in partnership with local health districts and specialty health networks, non-government organisations, research institutions and other partner departments.

Min Mins lights guide Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program

The Min Min lights mural was created especially for the Coffs Harbour Acute Mental Health Unit as part of the Therapeutic Environment Minor Capital Works Program by young Aboriginal artist Lily Clegg. Artists for the project were selected through our co-design process.

Min Min lights are glowing spirit lights, and if you're lost, the Min Min will lead you back to your path through the darkness. This artwork tells the story of the soul that becomes the Min Min, the people who live many lives in one lifetime, people who illuminate everyone's life around them and whose bright soul lives on past their body to guide others back to their true path.
Lilly Clegg is a Gumbaynggirr artist with strong ancestral ties to the land and ocean. This relationship is what inspires her art: Nature and connection to Country. Using a variety of mediums, Lilly is on a journey to learn about her culture and language, and to help preserve knowledge and inspire healing through art and self-expression.

Image above: Artist Lilly Clegg with her Min Min lights mural at the Coffs Harbour Acute Mental Health Unit.

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