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More beds for mental health


26 August 2010

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Carmel Tebbutt with DVC Research Prof Jill Trewhella (right) and Prof Ian Hickie of the Brain and Mind Research Institute.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Carmel Tebbutt with DVC Research Prof Jill Trewhella (right) and Prof Ian Hickie of the Brain and Mind Research Institute.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Carmel Tebbutt and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Sydney Professor Jill Trewhella today signed a $40 million agreement to fund the major upgrade and relocation of the Missenden Mental Health Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The new purpose-built Missenden Mental Health Unit will replace the existing 40-bed Missenden Mental Health Unit at RPAH. It will also include seven beds for the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute.

The co-funding arrangement will see the NSW Government contribute $30 million towards the new building, including $5m from the sale of the site of the existing mental health unit to the University. The University will contribute $10 million for its brain and mind research beds.

Ms Tebbutt said the agreement means the new facility will be significantly upgraded and services improved, benefiting the Unit's patients and staff.

"People with a mental illness can be some of the most vulnerable in our community," Minister Tebbutt said.

"The new Missenden Mental Health Unit will allow us to strengthen mental health services and provide these people with the support they need."

Once sold, the site on which the existing Missenden Mental Health Unit building is located will be used for the University's upcoming Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, funded in part by a contribution from the Commonwealth Government. Work on the new multi-disciplinary biomedical research and training centre is expected to commence later this year.

Professor Trewhella said the new centre will expand capacity for basic, clinical and translational research on the causes, prevention and treatment of the chronic diseases that are the greatest threat to health among populations around the world.


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