Mark Coulton MP, Federal Member for Parkes

New headspace services in Moree, Gunnedah and Narrabri

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

New headspace services in Moree, Gunnedah and Narrabri
 More than $2 million is to be invested over the next four years for four new headspace services for young people in the Electorates of Parkes and New England.
 Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said early intervention was absolutely critical to helping young people with mental health issues. 
 “Young people in Moree, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Armidale will be able to access the highly successful headspace model of care in their communities.” 
 “This is on top of headspace facilities already operating in Dubbo and Broken Hill,” Mr Coulton said.
 These services, with their unique and recognisable branding, have guaranteed funding for the next four years and will be run by Centacare, which will establish shopfronts in each of the towns.
 “These new headspace facilities will deliver front-line services and coordinate the right interventions for at risk young people,” Mr Coulton said. 
headspace offers early intervention for young people between the ages of 12 to 25 years in four key areas – mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use. 
 A planning phase will now begin and headspace services are expected to be available within 12 months. 
 Mr Coulton said it is anticipated that the current lead agency of Tamworth headspace, Centacare New England and North West, will engage youth care workers and psychologists to provide headspace services to young people at Centacare’s current premises in Armidale, Gunnedah, Moree and Narrabri.
It is expected that new headspace services will be available to young people within 12 months.
The Coalition Government is committed to boosting mental health services with the 2017-18 Budget providing more than $170 million for mental health support, treatment and research. 
This includes $80 million of additional funding, contingent on matched commitments from the states and territories, to maintain community psychosocial services for people with mental illness who do not qualify for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said young people in the local area faced many challenges and this new service would provide a significant boost of support. 
  “There are more pressures on young people today than ever before and the establishment of this headspace is so important in providing needed services in our region,” Mr Joyce said. 
 “We will use the service model that has been so successful here at headspace Tamworth to support young people in the surrounding region.” 
 Health Minister Greg Hunt said the New England and North Western NSW region was one of the ten locations to receive new headspace youth mental health services. 
 He said the Federal Government is investing an extra $28.9 million for ten new headspace services, in regional and rural communities, bringing the total number of centres to 110 by 2019.
 “I am committed to ensuring that Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it,” Minister Hunt said.
People living in rural and remote regions of Australia will now receive significantly improved access to psychologists, under a new $9.1 million telehealth initiative set to roll-out later this year. 

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