Op­er­a­tors sought for health ser­vice

Pinjarra Murray Times - - #SNAPPERTH -

A NEW headspace for Man­durah is one step closer, with the ten­der process to run an early in­ter­ven­tion men­tal health ser­vice for 12 to 25-yearolds now open.

WA Health Al­liance, the peak planning and com­mis­sion­ing body for pri­mary health care ser­vices in WA, is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from po­ten­tial ser­vice providers to run the ser­vice from July.

The new cen­tre will first op­er­ate from a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion and is ex­pected to move to the new Peel Youth Med­i­cal Ser­vices Hub in 2019.

The headspace model is de­signed to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for a young per­son and their fam­ily to ac­cess the help they need for prob­lems af­fect­ing their well-be­ing, cov­er­ing four core ar­eas – men­tal health, phys­i­cal health, work and study sup­port and al­co­hol and other drugs ser­vices.

Can­ning MHR Andrew Hastie said the headspace cen­tre would be key to tack­ling youth men­tal health con­cerns that con­tin­ued to be sig­nif­i­cant is­sues in the Peel re­gion.

“The lo­ca­tion of a headspace cen­tre in Man­durah is thanks in no small part to a strong grass­roots cam­paign sup­ported by the com- mu­nity,’’ Mr Hastie said.

“A 3400-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion to the Health Min­is­ter greatly strength­ened the case for Man­durah.

“This lat­est de­vel­op­ment brings us an­other step closer to launch­ing a youth-friendly men­tal health ser­vice that will help our young peo­ple live hap­pier and health­ier lives.”

WAPHA gen­eral man­ager Ber­nadette Kenny said the Al­liance was al­ready work­ing closely with some lo­cal com­mu­nity groups to sup­port grass­roots ini­tia­tives that, com­bined with pro­fes­sional men­tal health ser­vices, would make their com­mu­ni­ties stronger, health­ier and more con­nected.

“We now know it takes a col­lec­tive ap­proach to keep our young peo­ple well,’’ she said.

Headspace is de­signed to help young peo­ple get help.

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