new mental health unit for tamworth (banksia)

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Design is underway for the new mental health unit at Tamworth Hospital, delivered under the $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program (SWMHIP).
 
The new unit will provide welcoming, comfortable, safe and supportive facilities, as well as bring a much-needed expansion of services to the area.
 
Following the announcement of additional State Government funding in June 2022, the design was updated to include facilities for extra community mental health services and a four-bed pod for adolescents.
 
The new facility will feature:
  • Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Services
  • Additional adolescent inpatient beds
  • 20-bed adult pod, as well as 5-bed adult high acuity zone
  • 8-bed older persons’ pod
 
The SWMHIP is a NSW Government initiative designed to support the delivery of mental healthcare reform across the state, and will help to address statewide gaps in inpatient services. It will also provide facilities for patients to transition or receive care in the community.
 

Next steps

Facility construction is due to begin mid-2023, with the building scheduled to open in 2025.

People who will use or engage with the service will be consulted to ensure the lived experience of mental health is central to the design and delivery of the new unit.

Working groups have recently formed for Arts in Health and Connecting with Country.
 

Site and floor plans

Site map for new mental health unit
Level 1: Community mental health services
Level 2: Inpatient
Level 3: Staff area