Recognising community demand for improved responses to mental health issues, SA Health is investing more than $34 million to develop a network of six new community mental health centres across Adelaide. In association with the redevelopment of the Glenside Campus, this represents the most significant change to these services in many years.

Schiavello’s Systems and Health teams collaborated with SA Health, Department of Planning Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI) and their design partners, MPH Architects, to develop solutions for the first project undertaken at Eastern Community Mental Health Centre at Tranmere.

Following that successful project, Schiavello undertook the Northern Community Mental Health Centre in Salisbury, a space designed by Grieve Gillett. Schiavello worked closely with Grieve Gillett to explore how a workplace solution could create synergy across two functionally different spaces (the administrative upper level, and the consultative/client-focused ground level). A bespoke solution was tailored after conducting showroom sessions with the user group, an invaluable step in achieving the desired results.

Schiavello’s Centric workstations were selected to support a flexible workspace that could adapt to the variety of administrative, consultative and medical activities that define health facilities. System 45 divisional screens, which have been designed to allow for speedy installation, reconfiguration and relocation, complemented the selection. Fully upholstered Blom chairs in materialised Crypton Savanna were used to fulfil medical requirements, and Cero and Sub-Cero stools add a stylish contemporary element catered to young families. Schiavello’s wide range of seating solutions helped the client offer a space with a variety of seating options for different patients and visitors.

Streamlining the project, Schiavello also took on a procurement role, securing health-specific products including the Phlebotomy chairs needed for taking blood, and an electronically operated two-section couch for examinations. Schiavello looks forward to continuing this relationship through the next project at Western Community Mental Health Centre, Woodville and into the future.