The 23-bed unit is part of the site’s $130 million upgrade and caters specifically for country patients.
The executive director of Mental Health at Country Health SA, Rebecca Graham, says the facility is already at capacity.
She says it is a step toward improving mental health services available to regional South Australians.
“The staff are specifically trained so that they understand the needs of people from [the] country so they can understand where they come from and where they are going back to after their stay in Adelaide and so they can cater specifically for that,” she said.
“Well the reason why it was designed the way it was, it did have country people in mind and while we like to always provide care as close to home as possible, occasionally there is need for people to come to Adelaide for specialist care.”
A six-bed mental health unit is set to open in Whyalla later this month, a six-bed unit will open at the Riverland Regional Hospital later this year and a six-bed unit will open in Mount Gambier next year as part of the hospital redevelopment.
This article first appeared on ABC News on 7 April, 2014.