New home for Hampton House residential mental health service

Aboriginal men and children performing a smoking ceremony
August 11, 2020

The Hampton House residential mental health rehabilitation service now has a beautiful new home in East Fremantle.

The Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook was joined by former clients, staff and neighbours to officially open the residence in Moss Street.

Noongar Wadjuk elder Des Blurton, who is also an Aboriginal Liaison Officer with the Rockingham Peel Group Mental Health Service, performed the Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony. The Yonga Boys also performed traditional dances.

Hampton House has also been given the Noongar name Karla Mia, which means warm dwelling.

As part of the Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group Mental Health Service, Hampton House, as it is now known, has been providing respite, support, and hospital diversion services under various names and in various locations since 1992.

The house was part of a generous bequest to Fremantle Hospital, which has been given a $500,000 upgrade, creating a welcoming and home-like environment.

In its new home, the service will continue to provide short-term residential support for people diagnosed with a mental illness.

The service cares for around 320 people a year, with an average stay of eight days.