The new Melaleuca Unit for sub-acute mental health care at Blacktown Hospital was completed in 2014. 

The new facility provides step-down care from acute mental health facilities, such as the adjacent Bungarribee House.

The focus of treatment is supporting personal recovery which includes understanding and treating illness and promoting well-being.

 The centre is specially designed to support a consumer-led model of care and a recovery-led framework.

About the project

The facility is designed to promote independence and self-responsibility, and to help encourage reconnection with family and the community.
It  is a welcoming single-storey residential-style facility with:
  •     20 inpatient beds with en suite facilities
  •     Activity, group and family rooms
  •     Quiet Room for respite
  •     Group rooms & family rooms
  •     Assisted Daily Living (ADL) Kitchen to help clients regain everyday skills.

Project snapshot

Project start: 2013
Project complete: 2014
Main contractor: ADCO
Budget: Part of the BMDH Expansion Project Stage 1, including $28 million from the Australian Government for mental health.
Feeling better, nurses have more time to communicate and engage with the clients. Walking with nurses is relaxing. Melaleuca consumer

Consumer fact sheet

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Project information sheet

Our unit was designed in consultation with consumers, carers and community members. Here's how we did it.

Project fact sheet