Planning is progressing for NSW’s first specialised beds for mothers and their babies in a public hospital setting, allowing new mothers who need a hospital admission for mental health issues to stay with their baby.

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies today said Westmead and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals in Sydney will each house a new mother and baby unit; and Nepean Hospital will host the new child and adolescent mental health unit.

“This new infrastructure, along with other planned upgrades and expansions, means we can offer the community the most specialised, high quality mental health care possible,” Mrs Davies said.

“Thanks to the strong financial management of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, we are in a position where we can fund these new services as part of the largest mental health infrastructure program Australia has seen in recent times.”

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In June last year, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government announced a record $700 million investment in mental health infrastructure across the State.

The focus of the statewide mental health infrastructure program is on more specialist beds for children and adolescents, parents, older persons, forensic patients and 260 new ‘step-up step-down’ beds to support people who experience mental illness live independently in the community.

NSW is in the middle of a 10-year reform of mental health care. The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to delivering this landmark infrastructure program to ensure communities have access to the best mental health care.