03/12/2014 - 11:52

Graylands Hospital to close down

03/12/2014 - 11:52

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A draft strategy paper released by the state government today has outlined plans to close the state’s largest psychiatric facility within the next 10 years.

Graylands Hospital to close down
Colin Barnett.

A draft strategy paper released by the state government today has outlined plans to close the state’s largest psychiatric facility within the next 10 years.

Graylands Hospital in Mt Claremont will be closed down and replaced with new mental health facilities, as part of a 10-year plan to build on reforms to modernise support and services to help people with mental illness.

“People struggling with mental illness, alcohol and drug use, as well as their families, need access to personalised, modern and high quality services close to their homes,” Premier Colin Barnett said.

The staged closure of Graylands will have no immediate impact on existing staff or residents, however.

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said every person receiving services at Graylands, as well as their family and carers, would continue to receive quality services and support.

“Nobody who is now receiving services will be disadvantaged or have their services reduced,” she said.

Commenting on the draft plan released today, Mrs Morton said it was an honest reflection of the mental health picture in WA.

“It articulates the need for change over the next decade to tackle mental health, alcohol and other drug challenges to create a more connected, efficient and high quality system,” she said.

“We want to achieve this by moving hospital and community services to outer metropolitan and regional locations where possible, and increasing the number of people treated closer to home.”

The plan, which was drafted by the Mental Health Commission, the Drug and Alcohol Office and the Department of Health, is subject to consultation. 

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