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Mason Clinic Te Aka Forensic Mental Health Unit

Klein — Public Healthcare

The Mason Clinic provides services at both a regional and a national level for people with forensic mental health or intellectual disability issues who have committed criminal offences or are at high risk in the community.

The new forensic Mental Health Inpatient Unit adds an additional 15 beds to the existing Mason Clinic campus, and is a standalone building which functions as an acute admission facility for the existing Maori Rehabilitation Unit, Tāne Whakapiripiri.

The 1770m2 unit provides flexible and adaptable accommodation for users that have a mental illness and who have committed a criminal offence, or who are at high risk in the community. It is a modern facility that supports healing and recovery by meeting both the physical and psychosocial needs of its users whilst also providing a safe and positive environment for staff.

The unit contain 15 inpatient beds, 11 for male service users and 4 for female service users; 2 de-escalation/high care rooms with a lounge adjacent a dedicated secure entry. A whare creates the spiritual heart of the building and acts as the admissions room, as well as a multi-functional therapy and meeting space. There are also a variety of shared social and therapy spaces including a gym, an occupational therapy room, dining and lounge spaces and a multi-sensory modulation room.

A courtyard model was applied to the design of the facility to provide an abundance of natural light, good passive staff observation as well as a connection to nature with secure access to outside spaces for service users to engage in.


Waitemata District Health Board


Mason Clinic, Auckland


2014 - 2017

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Public Healthcare

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