Increased funds for Central Queensland mental health unit

THE Palaszczuk government is doubling the planned expansion of an Older Persons Mental Health Inpatient Unit under construction at Rockhampton Hospital to cater especially for Central Queensland's aging population.

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the Queensland Government had recognised growing needs in Rockhampton by increasing the original construction budget by $350,135 to increase the unit to eight beds, instead of the four planned under the LNP.

This $1.66 million project will provide a safe and effective treatment model for older people with an acute mental health illness requiring hospital assessment and treatment.

The unit, co-located with the Rockhampton Mental Health Inpatient Unit on Quarry St, will cater for people predominantly older than 65.

In 2013, there were 24,660 people older than 65 in CQ, of which 11% are estimated to experience a mental health condition.



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