‘Important milestone’ for Perth’s new mental health clinic

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Bethesda Health Care has appointed two medical directors to guide the establishment of its new mental health service through the next phase of development. 

Prominent Perth psychiatrists Dr Dharjinder Rooprai and Dr Taj Singh will take on part-time positions at Bethesda Clinic Cockburn, which is scheduled to open in July 2022.

Bethesda Health Care CEO Dr Neale Fong said the duo’s appointment was “an important and welcome milestone” in the planning and establishment of the new facility.

“Our focus for service at the Bethesda Clinic is to provide innovative and consumer-centred care, and the appointment of Dharjinder and Taj to the director positions will strongly support the development of our exciting consumer care model,” he said. 

Dr Rooprai, who has extensive management experience developing and managing mental health services in Australia and the United Kingdom will be the clinic’s Director of Medical Services. He will also continue his work at Armadale Health Service.

Dr Singh, a consultant psychiatrist with more than 15 years of experience in public and private hospitals across Western Australia, has been appointed as the Director of Partnerships of the new Bethesda Clinic Network. He will continue his role as director of Murdoch Psychiatry, a private facility he founded in Perth's southern suburbs. 

Bethesda announced in February 2020 its plan to build the first private mental health hospital and service south of the Swan River.

Construction is due to commence at the beginning of 2021. The facility will have 45 overnight beds, a mental health Wellness and Recovery Centre, a state-of-the-art Neurostimulation Unit with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) services, and specialist consulting suites.

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