New State-of-the-Art Mental Health Facilities Opened in Rockhampton
29 January 2015
Ramsay Health Care opened the newly expanded Archerview Clinic at Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital in January 2015 – providing treatment for Central Queensland residents suffering with mental illness. The new $4.2 million development includes 24 private accommodation rooms; expanded group rooms and dining facilities. It was officially opened by Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP and Ramsay Health Care Managing Director Chris Rex.
Hospital CEO Tracey Wust said the newly expanded unit was a major boost for mental health services in the region.
"This is a very exciting development for Rockhampton and the whole Central Queensland area. Private mental health services are poorly lacking in this region and sufferers of mental health disorders will benefit greatly from this new facility," Ms Wust said.
"We are the only mental health unit between the Sunshine Coast and Cairns. There is significant demand for private psychiatric services in the Central Queensland region and our unit is already almost full since opening late last year."
Patients will also have access to day programs from the new facility for the treatment of a range of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety disorders.
The day programs commenced on 15 January 2015. Five consultant psychiatrists are currently working from the facility.
Care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatrists, specialist nursing staff, psychologists and other allied health professionals.
Ramsay Managing Director Chris Rex said mental illness was an increasing problem for all communities across Australia with a vast number of Australians experiencing some form of mental illness each year.
"Ramsay Health Care's business started in mental health care. We are the largest provider of private mental health services in the country operating over 25 psychiatric facilities and we are very proud to be able to extend our services in regional locations like Rockhampton."