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Funding for Emergency Department boost

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

THE State Government has announced Barwon Health and five other hospitals will share $100.5 million for Emergency Department (ED) "crisis hubs".

Barwon Health CEO Professor Ruth Salom said the funding announcement would make an incredible difference to hard-working ED staff and within Mental Health.

"It is important for our community in addressing the growing demand for specialist services for mental health and drug and alcohol patients," she said.

"This funding will enable us to provide a better care experience for all our patients.

"It will mean that complex mental health and drug and alcohol affected patients can benefit from a dedicated area, with appropriately trained clinical staff, away from the busyness of the Emergency Department.

"This funding will dovetail with previous funding announced for a Behavioural Assessment Room. Planning for this unit is well advanced.

"The complementary Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit (PAPU), or crisis hub, will support a clear pathway for mental health patients and those affected by drugs or alcohol.

"We anticipate the release of further information about the 30-bed residential treatment facility also announced today.

"These additional resources help us provide the right care in the right place at the right time."