New and enhanced headspace services for young people in South West WA

Young Australians living in Busselton and the Warren-Blackwood Region of WA will have greater access to mental health services when and where they need it most, with additional headspace services to be established in the area.

A re-elected Morrison Government will provide $6.2 million to establish a new headspace satellite in Manjimup and to upgrade the current service in Busselton to a headspace centre.

The headspace program provides free or low-cost youth-friendly services for young people aged 12 to 25. This includes mental health, related physical health, alcohol and other drug use, and social and vocational support.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said young people have been affected significantly by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and access to mental health services and support was more important than ever.

“One in four young Australians are affected by a mental illness every year, and we know many young people have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Hunt said.

“Young people in WA’s South West will have ongoing access to headspace, which provides a welcoming place for professional help and peer support for young people at risk.”

Liberal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, said that the expanded headspace facility in Busselton will significantly boost access to vital health care for young people throughout WA’s South West.

“I want our young people in our region to know they are not alone and that there is safe and welcoming support available for them when they need it,” Assistant Minister Marino said.

“headspace services are designed by and for young people to provide services in a way that works for them, ensuring that young people face fewer barriers to accessing holistic support for mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drug use, and social and vocational challenges.

“The expansion of headspace Busselton will help ensure that youth-specific support services are more readily available to young people in Busselton and the wider region.”

Liberal Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, said the announcement would be welcomed by many young people, parents and teachers in the region.

“With a focus on early intervention, headspace works with young people at a crucial time in their lives to provide the best possible health care and support, reducing the duration and impact of mental illness and helping them achieve their full potential,” Mr Wilson said.

“This service will play an important role in helping the community in the Warren-Blackwood Region to thrive in the coming years.”

Liberal Senator for WA, Dean Smith, said these investments would attract more mental health professionals to the region, meaning more support for young people.

“During the past two years, so many teenagers and young adults have struggled. By providing easy access to expert support in a safe and confidential environment, these new headspace services will play an essential role in keeping the young people in our community well,” Senator Smith said.

The Coalition has increased headspace funding by more than 250 per cent since coming to Government, from $56 million in 2012-13 to $204 million in 2021-22, and this is projected to grow even further with more than $870 million being invested into the headspace network over the next four years.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said the headspace network is at the heart of the Government’s vision for youth primary mental health services.

“Our Government has delivered a massive expansion of headspace with 149 services operating across Australia and a further 15 fully funded. This will bring the national total to 164,” Assistant Minister Coleman said.

“We are also enhancing existing headspace services across the country and increasing the number of staff, to reduce wait times and ensure more young people can access support.”

“This is in stark contrast to Labor, who under-invested in headspace when they were last in Government, opening less than 50 new sites, with just one new centre opening in 2009 and no new centres opening in 2010 and 2011.

The new headspace services in Busselton and Manjimup will be commissioned by Country WA Primary Health Network (PHN), with the new funding commencing 2022-23. The PHN will consult with the community to ensure that the services provide support in a way that meets their needs.

The Morrison Government continues to make mental health and suicide prevention a national priority and continues to drive structural reform and real change to deliver better outcomes for all Australians.

Through the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Budgets, the Government is investing a record $3 billion into the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan to drive this reform.

As a result of these investments, funding for mental health and suicide prevention services through the Health portfolio have increased to a record $6.8 billion in 2022-23, more than doubling since 2012-13.

Unlike the Labor Party, which cut mental health funding when last in Government and has not given Australians any detail on their plans for mental health, the Morrison Government will continue to ensure that all Australians can access information, advice, counselling, or treatment, when and where they need it.

Young Australians needing support can access free services through their local headspace or online through eheadspace (https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/).

Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au).

Boost to Mental Health Services in Bunbury

Mental health services in the South West will be boosted with the Morrison Government announcing a new Head to Health adult mental health centre will be established in Bunbury.

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino has welcomed the announcement of the new service, which is fully funded through the Morrison Government’s historic National Mental Health and Suicide Plan announced in the 2021-22 Budget.

“The mental health and wellbeing of people in the South West is a priority for the Government,” Mrs Marino said.

“Head to Health centres, like the one that will be established here in Bunbury, will provide a welcoming, stigma-free entry point for adults to get mental health information, services and
supports.

“People who are worried about their own or a loved one’s mental health should visit this centre when it opens. The services are free, and referrals can also be made for more intensive mental health care or social supports if needed,” she said.

The new Bunbury Head to Health Centre will be part of a network of community-based mental health services being established across Australia as part of the Government’s $3 billion National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said this is one of many Head to Health centres being established around the country.

“We know that the pandemic and the measures taken to contain it have been incredibly difficult and stressful for many Australians,” Minister Hunt said.

“That is why we are prioritising mental health support, ensuring that people have access to care that can help them recover and reach their full potential as we reopen the country.”

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said mental health and suicide prevention remained one of the Morrison Government’s highest priorities.

“We are committed to further expanding mental health services to ensure Australians can get support, counselling, or treatment, when and where they need it,” Assistant Minister Coleman said.

“These centres will provide that much needed support, as well as creating a safe space for Australians experiencing high levels of distress or who are at heightened risk of suicide.”

The new Head to Health Centre will be commissioned by the local Primary Health Network (PHN) which will receive a total of $14 million over four years from 2023-24 to establish and operate the centre.

The PHN will consult with the community to determine the exact location and ensure that the centre provides services in a way that meets the needs of the local community.

The Head to Health Centre will be a stand-alone multidisciplinary mental health service providing immediate, and short to medium term mental health treatment and support for people in distress or with moderate to severe mental illness.

The range of clinical and non-clinical staff will make it easier for people to access high quality services tailored to their individual needs.

The Morrison Government continues to make mental health a national priority, investing a record $3 billion in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Budgets for the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan to lead landmark reform of the mental health system.

This brings the Health portfolio expenditure in mental health and suicide prevention services and supports in 2022–23 to a record high of $6.8 billion.

Unlike the Labor Party, which has not given Australians any detail on their plans for mental health, the Morrison Government will continue to ensure that all Australians can access information, advice, counselling, or treatment, when and where they need it.

Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au).

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Marino pledges $400,000 commitment to Augusta Childcare

Liberal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino was in Augusta last week to announce a $400,000 commitment to the establishment of additional childcare facilities in the area.

Ms Marino said a new childcare centre had been a long-held desire of the Augusta community.

“Childcare enables parents to resume their careers as their families grow and improved access to childcare services would be a huge win for the whole community,” she said.

“All Australian families deserve access to quality childcare, regardless of where they live. Access to quality childcare is good for families, good for communities and good for local economies.

“The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has made provision for new childcare facilities in Augusta, but costs for the project have escalated putting it beyond reach of the local community.

“We are also making childcare more affordable, by removing the annual cap on the Child Care Subsidy and providing additional support for families with multiple children in childcare at the same time,” she said.

Ms Marino said if re-elected, the Morrison Government would deliver the project in partnership with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

“I’m proud of what I have achieved for the people of Forrest, and I’m committed to delivering more, like this great project,” she said.

Source: Augusta Margaret River Mail