On Friday 8 March, Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll opened a new 48-bed unit for women prisoners with complex needs at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC).

The Rosewood Unit has 22 outpatient forensic mental health beds and 26 mainstream beds. It is one of two units at the Centre for women prisoners with acute mental health and complex needs.

Features of the new unit include therapeutic outdoor areas, single cells and additional program and interview rooms.

As part of International Women’s Day celebrations, players from the AFL Women’s league also visited the prison to speak to female prisoners and conduct a footy clinic.

The players, including Courtney Ugle from Essendon, and Aliesha Newman, Harriet Cordner and Lily Mithen from the Melbourne Football club, spoke about the challenges they have faced on their journey to becoming elite footballers.