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Mental health services for south east Melbourne

St John of God Heath Care is proud to announce its plans to offer much needed mental health services in Berwick for the south east growth corridor of Melbourne.

7 Jul 2021

St John of God Langmore Centre

Construction will commence in July 2021 to redevelop the St John of God Langmore Centre (the former St John of God Berwick Hospital) located at Gibb Street, Berwick, into a community mental health service with both inpatient and outpatient services.

St John of God Pinelodge Clinic & Langmore Centre CEO Linda Allen said there was clear demand for mental health services in the south east Melbourne corridor.

"After community consultation in late 2019 and an analysis of healthcare provision and demographics across our rapidly growing population, it was apparent that there was a need for mental health services, locally," Linda said.

"Research tells us that clients have better healthcare outcomes and more sustained recovery when they have access to early intervention of mental health services close to home."

The redeveloped Langmore Centre will open in mid 2022 and provide inpatient, day and community services and offer the latest evidence-based therapies to assist people living with a range of mild to moderate mental health conditions, addiction dependency and a specialised unit to support parents experiencing perinatal mental health issues.

The facilities will include all private room accommodation for inpatients, a neuro-stimulation suite for ECT and TMS treatments, in house dining facilitates, therapy rooms including specialised art rooms and gym. There will also be specialist consulting suites on site.

Many people will remember the wide corridors, the lovely light and internal courtyards of the building and these aspects are important elements that will assist in creating a peaceful and positive environment.

"One in five Australians live with a mental health condition. Most common is anxiety and depression which affects people of all ages and can be very debilitating mentally, physically and socially. Some people are impacted by addiction to medication and alcohol," Linda said.

"With the significant statistic of 1 in 5 people being impacted by mental health it is quite possible someone in our family, a neighbour or someone we know at a local sports club, the local school or working with us is affected.

"Sometimes we will know of their struggles and other times they deal with these in isolation. We are all touched by mental health and it is important that people are able to access and be provided with the right support close to home to focus on improving their quality of life.”

The addition of the Langmore Centre will enhance St John of God Health Care’s scope of services in Melbourne’s south east growth corridor. Services already include acute medical, surgical and maternity services located at its Berwick hospital, rehabilitation services at its Frankston hospital and currently mental health service at Pinelodge Clinic in Dandenong.

St John of God South East Melbourne Hospitals CEO Lisa Norman said the organisation has always involved itself in the community and responded to community need.

"This is reflected in the types of services we offer and the social outreach partnerships we form at locally. The Langmore Centre will complement our broad suite of services, across our various sites in south east Melbourne, allowing us to provide whole-person care for our community from birth through to senior years," Lisa said.

The treasured Gibb Street facility has been part of the Berwick community for over 100 years, first opening its doors in 1910 as the Shepton Private Hospital. Throughout the years, community need has dictated the direction of clinical services and has demanded the hospital grow to meet the rapidly expanding community in south east Melbourne.

When St John of God Berwick Hospital relocated to its new and larger purpose-built hospital at Kangan Drive in 2018, the Gibb Street facility remained vacant and ready for re-purposing. In late 2020, the site was temporarily re-opened for aged care residents as part of St John of God Health Care's community response to the pandemic.

More than ever, following the impact the Covid-19 pandemic and the emerging impact it is having on our health, mental health services will be need in the community for some time. St John of God Health Care is proud to be answering this call from the community.