Perth mental health clinic ‘will be world class’


Mental health services in the Perth's southern suburbs, are set to receive a boost with a brand new facility being built by Bethesda Health Care.

Earlier this year, Bethesda announced plans to open the first private mental health service south of the Swan River and now more details have been revealed.

The Cockburn Mental Health Service will feature 45 overnight beds, a mental health and wellbeing centre, and consulting suites, with construction to begin in 2021.

Bethesda Health Care CEO Dr Neal Fong said he was delighted to be announcing the plans.

“Bethesda is building a service to meet a huge demand for quality mental health care for privately-insured patients,” he said.

“Psychiatrists and psychologists will work in a unique, world-class environment focusing on the recovery model of mental health care.”

Lead design consultants Silver Thomas Hanley Architects and RBB Quantity Surveyors have been appointed to undertake the schematic and detailed design of the new Cockburn Mental Health Service.

Silver Thomas Hanley have more than 40 years' experience specialising in both public and private hospital architecture, with a portfolio of modern, innovative facilities. 

“Bethesda are very confident the Cockburn Mental Health Service will be world class,” Dr Fong said.

Bethesda have acquired Lot 102, Lot 103 and an option on Lot 101 in the Cockburn Central West Precinct as part of a three-stage development. 

The Cockburn Mental Health Service has already started the recruitment process for medical and nursing directors, and is expected to admit patients from 2022.

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