The Victorian Coalition Government is providing more than $1 million for the significant refurbishment of the specialist six-bed mother-baby unit at the Monash Medical Centre. The mother-baby unit helps new mothers who are experiencing mental health issues to stay with their babies while accessing top quality mental health treatment and care.
Specialist units such as the one at the Monash Medical Centre are important to help those mothers experiencing mental health issues. While most new mothers experiencing mental health symptoms can be successfully treated and supported within their local community, others need extra support and care.
The revamped mother-baby unit at the Monash Medical Centre will enable over 100 new mums each year to receive the specialist mental health care they need without having to be separated from their babies.
The funding will allow for larger bedrooms which will accommodate babies in the same room as their mothers. The lounge, kitchen spaces and nursery area, where women and babies spend most of the day, are also being expanded.
These exciting improvements will also help the staff at the Monash mother-baby unit to provide the best evidenced based care, in the best environment, to give women the best chance of full recovery.
Victoria has more bed-based, mental health mother-baby services than anywhere else in Australia, with three specialist units in metropolitan Melbourne – Monash Medical Centre, the Austin and Werribee Mercy. A further $6 million will be invested to build three more specialist bed-based services in rural Victoria, with new services to be built in Ballarat, Traralgon and Bendigo.