Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service
Far Northerners will today get a chance to see a new $10 million facility that will support some of the region’s most vulnerable and at risk residents.
A community open day for the Far North’s new Cairns Community Care Unit (CCU) at Manunda will be held from 4pm and will be attended by Member for Cairns Rob Pyne.
The Cairns CCU at Manunda offers a recovery-oriented transition for adults with mental illness as they move from an acute inpatient unit to living independently within the community.
During their stay at the 20-bed service, residents will live independently in single units but still have access to around the clock psychosocial and clinical care.
Mr Pyne today joined the local community, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Julie Hartley-Jones and Neami National Chief Executive Arthur Papakotsias on a tour of the facility.
Mr Pyne said the Community Care Unit provides the essential transition phase for people who had suffered an acute mental illness.
“It is essential to be able to provide support for people from have spent an extended period in an acute mental health setting before they return to their everyday lives,” they said.
Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Julie Hartley-Jones said the Health Service acted on a community push for expanded mental health services.
“There has been a huge grassroots campaign in the Far North for increased services for those in our community who are struggling with mental illness,” she said.
“This service is providing much needed capacity to assist people with mental health issues in the Far North.”
The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service will partner with Neami National in operating the new facility.
Neami National CEO Arthur Papakotsias said the new service would help people move on from acute mental health crisis in a supported and sustainable way.
“All too often, people living with serious mental illness are discharged from hospital without the support they need. This can lead to repeated crises and admissions,” he said.
“The Cairns CCU service will provide people with lifelong foundations for health, wellbeing and recovery. It opens the door to a life that matches their hopes and aspirations for the future.”
Funding for the Community Care Unit was provided by the Commonwealth Government with the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service to meet the operating costs.
The facility began taking patients in November.