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More than twenty new local health roles have been created to staff the Bayside Community Care Unit (CCU) when it opens in December 2014.
Professor David Crompton, Executive Director Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services said the roles, which are currently being advertised, will be crucial to supporting local mental health consumers during their recovery.
“Residents of the Bayside CCU will have access to onsite support services provided by a dedicated team of mental health specialists and support staff,” Professor Crompton said.
“The team will include psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical nurses, a community consumer/carer consultant, peer recovery support workers and a part-time recreation officer.”
Professor Crompton said the Bayside CCU will provide short-term housing and support to twenty people who are recovering from mental illness and in the process of transitioning into the community, after they have learnt new coping skills and built resilience.
“The Bayside CCU is designed to support people who are already part of our community, people who may be a family member, a friend or neighbour,” he said.
“It will provide them with a safe place, understanding and support when they are most vulnerable.”
Professor Crompton said he was looking forward to the CCU opening following construction delays.
“The construction company contracted to build the facility unfortunately went into receivership during the construction phase, impacting the final completion date,” he said.
“Minor defects also needed to be addressed - ensuring safety was always an upmost priority to us before we open the building.”
For more information about the Bayside CCU visit www.health.qld.gov.au/mhexpansion/bayside
For more information on the advertised roles visit www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au