DV hospital backed
Wollongong is set to have Australia’s first hospital for women with trauma caused by domestic and sexual violence.
The new all-female mental health facility for women with PTSD caused by domestic, family and sexual violence should allow many more people to receive the right help much sooner.
The dedicated Women's Trauma Recovery Centre was granted $25 million for a five-year program in the recent federal budget and is due to open in August.
The 43-bed facility is designed to offer dedicated treatment of complex PTSD among women who have suffered domestic and sexual abuse.
Ramsay Health will spend about $8 million renovating a disused rehabilitation clinic in Thirroul just north of Wollongong for the new hospital.
The facility will be private and available to women with private health insurance when it opens, but advocates are pushing for a public-private collaboration in future.