Grampians PARC now open

Monday 10 August 2020
Image by Dianna Snape, courtesy Bamford Architects Image by Dianna Snape, courtesy Bamford Architects

The Grampians Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) centre has officially opened.

At the Pleasant Street South facility, we will provide short-term treatment and support in a 12-bed residential setting for people experiencing mental illness in the Ballarat and Grampians region.

The centre will provide early intervention support and clinical treatment for people who are unwell, or who are in the early stages of recovery from an acute illness and need a short period of extra support.

Ballarat Health Services CEO Dale Fraser said the new facility was a positive step for mental health services in the region.

“Grampians PARC will further improve Ballarat Health Services’ capacity to provide those with a mental illness with early intervention and recovery supports in a dedicated state-of-the-art facility,” Mr Fraser said. “These interventions will bridge the gap between community- and hospital-based care, with a service that’s safe and supportive for clients and staff.”

“Our aim is to keep patients connected to their support networks and the community while they receive treatment.”

Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said “This new support will boost and improve treatment and will ease the pressure of our busy emergency department. The Andrews Labor Government promised an alcohol and other drugs facility for our region and it’s wonderful to now see the opening of the $8.3million PARC.”

Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle added “One in five Australian adults experience a mental illness every year and we are now better prepared to support people going through difficult and traumatic times with this new 12 bed facility.”

The centre has six beds for short stays of up to 28 days, and a further six beds for clients who need a longer stay (three to six months) to receive clinical support and stabilisation, and psychosocial rehabilitation before returning home.

The Grampians PARC project was delivered by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority in partnership with Ballarat Health Services, Bamford Architects and AW Nicholson Construction. It’s one of 20 PARC centres across Melbourne and regional Victoria, funded as part of the Victorian Government’s $325.7million investment in mental health services.

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