2705. Hon Alison Xamon to the minister representing the Minister for Corrective Services:
I refer to the new mental health unit to be established as part of the expansion of the Casuarina Prison, and I ask:
(a) when is it anticipated the unit will be operational;
(b) has staffing been planned for when the unit is operational; and
(c) if yes to (b), will the Minister please advise the planned staffing numbers and positions?
Hon Stephen Dawson replied:
(a) The 344 bed project is proposed to include a purpose designed 34 bed Mental Health Unit that is targeted for completion in late 2023 but is subject to approval of Expenditure Review Committee (ERC) in 2020.
(b) There is no current staffing profile for the proposed unit. If successfully approved through the ERC process, a model of care with an appropriate staffing profile will be developed.
(c) Not applicable.