The Woods Bagot-designed Nepean Mental Health Centre (NMHC) in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, is a new insertion into the existing Nepean Hospital campus and is designed to respond to the increase in demand for mental health services as a result of the growing and aging population.
The center includes 64 mental health beds serving high-dependency, acute, and specialist mental health services for older persons. The unit will include a dedicated inpatient ward and new facilities for the outpatient day program.
The NMHC is an example of how mental health care is shifting toward creating regenerative, healing environments for recovery. The design of the unit provides a restorative health care unit, integrated into the local community and linked to the adjoining health precinct.
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