Windfall for women’s mental health in eastern suburbs

Burwood East’s Peter James Centre will have a women’s only section for mental health patients.

The state government has provided $34,376 to install the new area for female mental health patients at the Eastern Health facility.

The money will be used to create a gender-sensitive, female wing with swipe card access, lounge area and a refurbished outdoor courtyard for women only.

Forest Hill MP Neil Angus said he was pleased the centre would be able to “offer better and more private spaces for women in mental health care”.

Mental Health Minister and Doncaster MP Mary Wooldridge said 29 inpatient units across the state had recently received funding.

“Women can feel vulnerable in mixed gender areas, where there are typically more males than females, and can have limited privacy, the inability to lock rooms or to protect belongings,” she said.

“Women have the right to receive treatment and care, free from fear of victimisation, violence, sexual assault or retraumatisation.”

Eastern Health’s mental health program director, Paul Leyden, welcomed the funding.

“This funding will allow us to progress with capital works at Peter James Centre to enhance the care we provide for our female clients,” he said.

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Topics:
Health, Mental Health, Medical

Author:
Luke Henriques-Gomes

Source:
Monash weekly

Date published:
Mon 22nd Sep, 2014