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RPA Parent and Baby Unit

The state’s first public purpose-built Parent and Baby Unit is now under construction at RPA.

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The Parent and Baby Unit will care for new parents requiring specialised inpatient mental health services and their infants up to 12 months of age when it opens later this year.

A key objective of the unit is to support parents to remain with their infant during psychiatric care and prevent the effects of separation on the parent-infant relationship.

The unit will have eight large bedrooms able to accommodate a parent, up to two infants and a partner or family member.

The Parent and Baby Unit aims to provide holistic, parent-infant centred, family focussed, carer inclusive, and culturally appropriate, multidisciplinary care. To support this aim, the unit will feature therapeutic spaces including lounges, dining and kitchen areas; outdoor courtyards, play areas, mothercraft room, 24-hour respite nursery, group spaces and a retreat room.

Staff in the Parent and Baby Unit will be specialist perinatal health professionals with ability to attend to the mental health needs of the parent and to facilitate appropriate care of the baby and promote parent-infant interactions.

Building works update - October 2021

 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the state’s first Parent and Baby Unit as part of the NSW Government’s $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program.
Construction is progressing well, with the unit expected to be complete in early 2022.

  • Roof installed and external cladding commenced
  • Internal wall framing complete, hydraulic and electrical services roughed in
  • Mechanical infrastructure and main switchboard installed

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For more information, contact Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Services - SLHD-MHParentBabyUnit@health.nsw.gov.au