Boost for mental health support in the Shoalhaven

Media Release

FN041/2017

17 March 2017

Joint release with:

Ann Sudmalis

Federal Member for Gilmore

  • First sod turned on the $2.46 million MIND the GaP facility in Nowra.
  • The facility will improve mental health support in the region while creating new job opportunities.
  • The project will deliver an educational and mental health building at the Shoalhaven Campus of the University of Wollongong.

The first sod has been turned on the $2.46 million MIND the GaP facility in Nowra, with the project set to improve mental health outcomes across the region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the facility will provide a stronger coordinating role in the community for mental health issues by providing support opportunities, as well as translating mental health research into regional and rural practice.

“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and improving mental health support services does just that.”

The building will be built on the Shoalhaven Campus of the University of Wollongong, and will include four consultation rooms, two assessment rooms, research and educational facilities, as well as an outdoor play area.

Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis, who turned the first sod, said the MIND the GaP programme had already paid dividends for the community, and with the new building boasting a range of facilities will continue to support the community.

“This project will create 20 full time jobs during construction, plus another 11 full-time research and administration jobs,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

“This will support the region's economic development by providing new employment opportunities for residents.

“With the facility expected to service approximately 2,000 visits each year, I'm looking forward to seeing the completion of this project in February 2018.”

The Coalition Government and University of Wollongong each provided $1.23 million to the jointly funded $2.46 million project.