Known locally as ‘Kwelena’, Step Up Step Down is for people who: 

  • are soon to be discharged from a mental health in-patient stay, or 
  • need short-term residential mental health support to avoid a hospital admission. 

Rockingham Step Up Step Down provides a place for people experiencing mental distress to work on mental health recovery, and to make plans for living safely, independently and well in the community. People who stay at the service are supported by community mental health workers in partnership with the person’s clinical health team.  

About Step Up Step Down 

Rockingham Step Up Step Down is designed to support people experiencing mental health and wellbeing challenges to transition out of hospital, or to help them avoid a hospital stay. The service gives clients a safe, supported place to recover, offering a mixture of structured activities and one to one individual support time.  

Residents have access to 24-hour support with a staff team that includes: 

  • peer support workers with a lived experience of mental health and wellbeing challenges 
  • community mental health practitioners 
  • family engagement workers, and 
  • specialist mental health clinicians. 

This service is for short term stays of up to 30 days. People staying at this service already have permanent or stable accommodation in the community. The service does not provide an alternative to acute mental health care.  

Rockingham Step Up Step Down is delivered in partnership with the Rockingham Kwinana and Peel Group (RKPG) Mental Health Service.  

Who is Step Up Step Down service for? 

Rockingham Step Up Step Down is for people aged between 18 and 64 years. Support is available for people living in south metropolitan health service area which covers communities around Fremantle, Rockingham, Kwinana, and Peel. People who live in the Armadale and Bentley Health Service area are also eligible. 

Rockingham Step Up Step Down is funded by WA Mental Health Commission.   

How do I register my interest for Step Up Step Down? 

Referrals can be from public or private mental health services (including a hospital emergency department, community mental health teams, or non-government mental health support organisations), private practitioners, GPs, or other services.  

A person can also self-refer.  

Download referral form (WORD 191 KB)

Why choose Mind for sub-acute residential recovery care?  

Mind Australia provides individualised, evidence-based and recovery focused support to more than 11,000 people experiencing mental health and wellbeing concerns in Australia every year. 

Mind partners with health, community, and government organisations to provide holistic support and a safe environment for people experiencing mental health and wellbeing concerns to live in the community. 

Mind is one of the largest providers of community-managed psychosocial services in Australia with a range of residential, mobile outreach, centre-based and online services. 

We are a leading employer of people with lived experience of mental ill-health, recognising their unique ability to connect with and motivate clients and guide recovery.  

What do our Step Up Step Down clients say? 

They really pulled me up and showed me that I could take control over my life.
- Ashleigh

Contact details

14 Payne Street, Rockingham, 6168, WA     
1300 286 463     
[email protected]

Download referral form (WORD 191 KB)


Funding types available



Up to 30 days

Age range

18-64 years old