As part of our commitment to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time, we are upgrading the existing Watson Health Precinct.
The ACT Government has committed $49 million in the 2023-24 ACT Budget to redevelop the site on Antill Street. The upgrades include three new facilities to:
- replace the current infrastructure and double capacity for the alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services for young people, operated by Ted Noffs Foundation;
- replace the current infrastructure and double capacity for the residential care facility for young people with mental health conditions, operated by Marymead CatholicCare; and
- establish a new alcohol and other drug 24-bed residential rehabilitation facility to provide care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, operated by Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services.
Our valued community partners been providing both specialist mental health care and alcohol and other drug rehabilitation care at Watson Health Precinct to vulnerable young Canberrans for almost 20 years.
Ted Noffs will continue to provide alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services for young people, alongside Marymead CatholicCare’s residential care for young people with mental health conditions, while we construct the new facilities.
Construction is expected to commence in late 2023/early 2024 and takes approximately 12 months to complete.
The develepment application for the precinct is available to view and comment on until 9 October 2023. For more information about the designs of the facility, visit the Built for CBR website.