Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Local headspace services to receive share of funding to fast track access

The Morrison Government is investing $24.2 million to reduce wait times and fast track access to mental health services for young people aged 12–25 seeking headspace appointments.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said headspace services in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay will receive funding through this grant opportunity.

“This investment would ensure young Australians can get information, advice, understanding, counselling and treatment, when and where they need it,” Mr Pitt said.

“headspace is somewhere young people can get professional help, peer support and feel comfortable enough to tackle their challenges in a way that is right for them.

“headspace provides access to free or low cost youth-friendly, primary mental health services with a single entry point to holistic care in four key areas—mental health, related physical health, substance misuse, and social and vocational support,” he said.

Individual grants of up to $2 million will improve facilities, access and reduce waiting times at headspace services commissioned by PHNs.  

The headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program is an investment of $152 million over seven years from 2018-19 by the Morrison Government to reduce wait times at headspace services.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on young Australians.

“One in four young Australians are affected by a mental health illness every year, and as we battle COVID-19 it’s more important than ever that we prioritise mental health,” Minister Hunt said.

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