Thomas Embling Hospital is a high-security forensic mental health hospital located in Fairfield, Melbourne. The facility is operated by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). This is a purpose-built facility with 116 secure beds that first opened in April 2000. Patients are usually admitted from the criminal justice system, either via prison transfer or from a court order for psychiatric treatment. A small group of patients are admitted each year from other public mental health services under the Mental Health Act 2014. The hospital provides acute and continuing care programs and includes a dedicated women’s unit.


The project was undertaken to upgrade and improve the facility's vandal resistance and to comply with anti-ligature resistance requirements. Galvin Engineering products were chosen for this project due to their robustness, ligature resistance and mimic a homely feel and its aesthetic appearance.


The result was a successful delivery of functional bathrooms that mimic a homely, robust bathroom and at the same time provides a safe environment for patients and staffs.

Project start and finish:

March 2018 – October 2018

Project Location:

101 Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield VIC 3078

The testimonial is written by, Campbell Fletcher Project Manager from Axis Services Victoria

The range of Galvin SafeCell Tapware and drains, and Wallgate sanitary fixtures where specified and used throughout the Thomas Embling SPICU project. These products were selected and specified for the high quality and unique design suitable for the project.

As project manager for the Thomas Embling SPICU project, we are pleased to confirm that the Galvin Care range and Wallgate range of Mental Health products had demonstrated effective installation and soundness under operation. In addition, the Galvin team had always offered a fast and efficient response to any queries that were raised over the project.

The Galvin and Wallgate range of Mental Health Tapware and fixtures had been specified for the Thomas Embling SPICU project. The range of Wallgate Solid Surface pans and basins provided the facility with the robust and ligature resistant features for such a project. We would have no hesitation in recommending the Galvin Mental Health ranges for future Mental Health facilities.

The solid form toilet pans from Galvin Engineering provided a unique design solution which met all our specification requirement for the toilets at Thomas Embling SPICU Project, with their anti-ligature design, smooth lines, for ease of cleaning and infection control, colour contrasting seat, non-institutional appearance.