Mental Health Facility – Gold Coast

The State Government has announced that access to critical mental health care on the Gold Coast will soon be bolstered with work to begin this year on a new major 40-bed mental health facility.

Meaghan Scanlon, State Government Minister outlined that a tender to build the Gold Coast University Hospital’s new Secure Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit (SMHRU) had been awarded to Queensland company Watpac Constructions as part of the government’s record Health and Hospitals Plan.

“People and businesses are moving to Queensland in droves to enjoy the economic, job and lifestyle opportunities on offer”.

“This has increased demand for land supply, especially in South East Queensland”.

“This Budget includes $200 million for two funds that are investing in the essential infrastructure needed for more new communities across the South East”.

“A new Growth Acceleration Fund has been created to support the delivery of priority trunk infrastructure needed to develop new communities like Caboolture West”.

The SMHRU will be operated in partnership with Metro South Health to meet a growing demand for secure mental health rehabilitation services across South East Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Government has increased the operational funding for Gold Coast Health to a record $1.944 billion in 2022-23, an increase of 9.6 per cent on the previous year”.

“Since coming to government, we’ve increased Gold Coast Health’s operational funding by 83 per cent compared to the LNP’s last Budget.”

Construction on the facility will begin this year and is expected to be complete in 2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.

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