Designs revealed for Nexus Mental Health Unit

Designs for the Nexus Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at John Hunter Hospital were unveiled today.

The 12-bed redevelopment has been co-designed with young people with lived experience in adolescent mental health, their families, clinicians and staff. This approach enables us to provide a modern, therapeutic environment for young people admitted to the state-wide inpatient service.

The design includes a dedicated courtyard, carer accommodation, family zones, recreation areas and rooms that maximise access to natural light.

The proposed layout provides an environment that balances the needs for privacy, activity and creativity. It focuses on a patient-centred model of care with spaces to support family involvement in the delivery of care for their loved one.
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The Nexus Unit accommodates young people up to 18 years of age, as well as providing support to their families and carers. It also provides telehealth mental health services to rural and remote areas.

While the Nexus Unit is one of nine state-wide acute Child and Adolescent and Mental Health Services, it primarily supports young people from the Hunter and New England regions.

The new Nexus Unit will be located in an area of the existing John Hunter Hospital and was identified as part of the Master Plan for the $835 million John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct.

Work is forecast to commence in 2026 following commissioning of the Acute Services Building, which is being delivered as part of the project. 

The Nexus redevelopment is part of the $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program to support the delivery of mental health care reform in NSW – the single biggest investment in mental health infrastructure to date.