Construction work has started on Perth’s first mental health clinic south of the Swan River, with Bethesda Health Care announcing it has agreed a $58.3 million deal for the development.
Dexus, one of Australia’s leading real estate investment trusts with an unlisted fund of $1 billion, has acquired the project. It will lease the property back to Bethesda for an initial 20 years with options to extend.
The first sod at the site was turned on Tuesday 1 June this year, and the Bethesda Clinic – first announced in February 2020 – is now due to be completed in late 2022, with Perth-based Broad Construction awarded the tender contract.
Situated in the fast-growing Cockburn Central West Precinct, the clinic will be easily accessible to the community from the nearly-finished rail and road links to the city’s southern and eastern suburbs, with ample parking available.
“Bethesda Clinic is welcome news to so many people living in the southern regions of Perth and Western Australia who can now access private mental health care closer to home,” Bethesda Health Care CEO Neale Fong said.
“For too long people who are eligible to access private health, as well as veterans with Gold and White Cards, have had to travel great distances to get care.”
Mr Fong said the clinic’s multi-disciplinary model of care would help to alleviate pressure on state emergency departments and reduce repeat admissions through digitally-connected patient records, networks with general practitioners and programs that support patients to stay well in the community.
It will provide 45 overnight beds for inpatient admissions, a wellness and recovery day centre, and medical consulting suites.
“The project will bring together psychiatrists, psychologists and expert care organisations, and will focus on improving mental health and wellbeing,” Mr Fong said.