On 13 November 2014, The Professor Marie Bashir Centre officially opened at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. peckvonhartel was delighted to attend the opening ceremony and to celebrate the unveiling of one of the most advanced mental health centres in the world. The project is a joint initiative between NSW Government, Sydney Local Health District and The University of Sydney: the first centre of its kind in NSW.

The Centre provides 73 beds in total, comprising a six-bed short stay unit, an assessment unit, physical therapies suite, acute adult inpatient services, with capacity to manage mothers and babies in a defined pod, and a high dependency unit. It also consolidates the state's eating disorder services and provides seven beds dedicated to translational research to be run by The University of Sydney.  

The Centre is named in honour of former NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir, who has made a significant contribution to mental health care in NSW.

 L to R: The Honourable Jillian Skinner MP (Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research), The Honourable Mike Baird MP (Premier of NSW), The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO (Patron, the Professor Marie Bashir Centre), The Honourable Jai Rowell MP (Minister for Mental Health, Assistant Minister for Health), Associate Professor Victor Storm (Clinical Director, Mental health Service Sydney Local Area District Professor), Dr. Teresa Anderson (Chief Executive, Sydney Local Health District).