Professor Marie Bashir Centre Camperdown was opened in 2014 has been designed to be a place of healing and recovery. It was built at a cost of $67 million centre has been purpose built to help people with mental health issues.
The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO as the patron of our new centre. Professor Bashir has had a lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those with mental illness. She gained her medical qualifications 1956, before teaching and working in children’s services, psychiatry and indigenous health. In her role as NSW Governor, Professor Bashir was a champion for countless causes including juvenile justice, research on adolescent depression, health issues in developing countries, education for health professionals, and new technologies to enhance health service delivery.
The centre is integrated with community mental health services to ensure people can get back to school, work, family and friends as soon as possible. The centre is a warm, calm environment with beautiful murals, peaceful garden spaces and colourful common areas for patients and visitors.
“It represents a new era in the way we care for people in our community,” says Sydney Local Health District’s Director of Mental Health Services Associate Professor Victor Storm. “The majority of people who have experienced mental illness recover well and lead fulfilling lives in their communities when they have access to necessary care and support.”
“The University of Sydney, through the Brain & Mind Research Institute, has been a key partner to this specific project since its inception,” says University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence.
“The university advocated strongly for this unique development in which it commits its research and education programs that can make real and direct benefits to individuals and families affected by mental illness. The challenge now is to deliver on the aspirations of all those who have supported the project.”