headspace Centre for the City of Monash

Page last updated: 02 June 2017

The Australian Government has committed to an additional ten new headspace centres. The aim is to increase coverage with a specific focus on rural and regional areas. In addition to the ten new centres, existing headspace services will be expanded using innovative approaches such as satellite centres, outreach services or other activities, to further increase coverage in rural and regional areas.

The Government has consulted Primary Health Networks (PHNs), who are responsible for planning and commissioning youth mental health services in their region, regarding potential locations of additional headspace services. Careful consideration has been given to factors such as demonstrated need, youth population, supporting infrastructure and other existing youth mental health services to decide on the location of the ten new sites and the expansion of existing headspace services.

The Eastern Melbourne PHN’s region encompasses the City of Monash and receives annual funding of $2.9 million for the commissioning of youth mental health services within their region. Eastern Melbourne PHN currently commissions headspace centres located at Greensborough, Hawthorn and Knox.

The Minister for Health’s office has met with representatives from the City of Monash and have committed to giving serious consideration to the proposal for a Monash headspace.

For those young people who are currently unable to access a headspace centre, or other heath service, eheadspace is available. eheadspace provides free, confidential and anonymous telephone and web-based support services to young people aged 12 to 25 years with, or at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental illness.

This service is an alternative approach for young people to access support and help. eheadspace uses online communication tools that many young people have indicated is a preferred way of communication with and accessing support services. The service can help with a broad range of issues like depression, relationships and isolation and can also provide specialist support to family, friends and carers who are worried about a young person. eheadspace can be contacted by telephone on 1800 650 890 (free call), or via the internet.