MP pushes for new headspace model

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $2.3 mil­lion to es­tab­lish­ing a headspace in the Pil­bara.

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price made the an­nounce­ment in Kar­ratha on Mon­day morn­ing.

Headspace sup­ports youth with men­tal health and drug and al­co­hol is­sues, as well as vo­ca­tional train­ing.

Ms Price said be­cause of the size of the Pil­bara a dif­fer­ent model of service de­liv­ery would have to be tested.

“Headspace tends to be like a shopfront where young peo­ple can go to get help with men­tal health, drug and al­co­hol prob­lems and vo­ca­tion help,” she said.

“Be­cause of the vast­ness of the Pil­bara I have re­ally been push­ing for a dif­fer­ent model be­cause if we were to have a headspace shopfront in Kar­ratha, well how does that help young peo­ple in New­man, Dampier, Port Hed­land or Tom Price?

“We are going to have to trial more of an out­reach-type of pro­gram. . . where rather than young peo­ple com­ing into a shopfront, health pro­fes­sion­als go out to the young peo­ple.”

Ms Price said the Pri­mary Health Net­work had been work­ing on a de­liv­ery model for a cou­ple of months and ex­pected to have the service ready to go by the end of the year.

Be­cause of the vast­ness of the Pil­bara I have re­ally been push­ing for a dif­fer­ent model. Melissa Price

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price has an­nounced a fund­ing boost for headspace in the Pil­bara.

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