Thursday, May 30, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

New Health Facility Well Under Way In Proserpine

Work on a refurbished community mental health facility at 32 Chapman Street in
Proserpine is progressing well with contractors now busy on the internal fit-out of the Greater Whitsundays Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs service.

Currently operating out of the Proserpine Hospital, this service will now re-locate and have its own space on Chapman Street, creating a hub for assistance within the community.

Meanwhile, the vacated space at Proserpine Hospital will now make way for a new Renal Dialysis Unit, with construction set to commence in August.

The internal works under way at present are the framing and sheeting of internal
partitions and the installation of internal ceilings.

The relocation of this service is part of a broader $7 million capital project that includes construction of the Renal Dialysis Unit at Proserpine Hospital and staff are looking forward to adding renal haemodialysis to the services provided locally.

Patients in the Proserpine, Cannonvale and Airlie Beach area who currently require
dialysis travel to Bowen and Mackay two or three times a week for care.

The Proserpine renal unit will be a satellite service supported by the Mackay Base
Hospital Renal Unit and will be for stable patients.

Contractors Taylor Builders Townsville advise that they are on track for completion in August 2024.

Chief Executive Susan Gannon said “This is a positive step forward to increase space for those seeking mental health and AODS support, and it will provide access in a purpose-fit building that is separate to the Proserpine Hospital.”

Team Leader Greater Whitsundays Mental Health and AODS Elise Dawson, Taylor Builders construction manager Alexander Dzidic, Acting Operations Director Mackay Mental Health and AODS Catherine McLaren, project supervisor Clay Pearce and Director of Nursing Proserpine Hospital Nicola Young. Photo credit: Daniel Heggie

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