22 February 2024

Th​e delivery of a new mental health facility on the Maitland Hospital campus has taken a key step forward with the appointment of the project team to commence planning and design.

The project team was appointed following a competitive tender process and includes Bates Smart as the architect to design the facility, Turner and Townsend as the project manager, and MBM as the cost manager.

Early planning is now underway with the master plan and a concept design expected to be ready in mid 2024.

The new facility will offer rehabilitation models of mental health care and include general and forensic mental health services to provide accessible and expert care for the Hunter and surrounding communities.

Combining the new mental health facility with the Maitland Hospital will provide better wrap around support for people seeking treatment for mental and physical health issues.

As part of the project, some services currently located at the Morisset Hospital campus will be relocated to the new Maitland Mental Health Rehabilitation facility once it is completed.

The project is being delivered by Health Infrastructure in partnership with Hunter New England Local Health District, as part of the NSW Government's $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program, an initiative to support mental health care reform across the state.

For more information about the project visit: The Maitland Mental Health Rehabilitation Project​

Minister for Mental Health Rose Jackson said:

“We know how important it is to ensure regional communities have access to wrap around mental health support. This project milestone brings us one step closer to delivering this crucial support for the Maitland community.

“There will be more opportunities for staff, clinicians, people with lived experience of mental health and the broader community to have input on shaping the new facility as the project progresses. This is crucial to ensuring it can best meet the needs of communities across the region." 

Member for Maitland, Minister Jenny Atchinson said:

“Maitland is an important hub in the Hunter region – it is great to see this investment in our local community by the NSW Government.

“The addition of a mental health facility in our emerging health precinct will provide vital services for people in Maitland and surrounding areas."​​​