Big goals for Perth’s new mental health clinic

Construction work has started on the second stage of the new Bethesda Clinic in Cockburn

The first private mental health clinic south of Swan River in Perth aims to be a leader in care in Western Australia, following the appointment of a chief executive and an early start to its phase two development.

Dr. Richard Bostwick has been appointed to lead the Bethesda Clinic, which is due to open in October/November 2022 with the completion of its initial phase.

He joined Bethesda Health Care after almost three years as assistant director of clinical services at the private Hollywood Hospital, where he was also responsible for mental health services at the Ramsay Health Care Facility.

“Under Richard’s leadership, the clinic will be cemented as the leader in private mental health care in WA,” said Bethesda Health Care CEO Dr. Neale Fong.

Dr. Bostwick has over 28 years of experience in clinical, academic and management roles in the health industry, and has been at the forefront of moving the mental health sector into new models of care for consumers and patients.

“I look forward to working with the team at Bethesda to develop innovative ways to support people in the state who are experiencing psychological distress,” he said.

“Our model of care will truly demonstrate partnerships between the individual and the community, with the consumer being at the center of these relationships.”

Dr Richard Bostwick

The Bethesda Clinic in Cockburn will be a $60 million four-story, 75-bed facility offering inpatient services, a wellness and recovery center, consultation rooms and a neurostimulation suite.

The second stage of the project was approved in January 2022 and started ahead of schedule due to the growing demand for mental health services in the southern suburbs of the city.

It will increase the hospitalization capacity by 45 beds and will include additional hospital lounges and open spaces on each level for the well-being of patients.

One floor will be a women-only ward, offering patients who have experienced trauma or abuse the opportunity to receive therapy in a safe environment — the first of its kind in the state.

The ground floor will feature new procedure suites for electroconvulsive therapy and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, while level five will have additional suites for medical consultants.

Areas for the second stage of the project are expected to open in March 2023.

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