Joint media release
The Hon Greg Hunt
Minister for Health
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Mr Mark Coulton MP
Member for Parkes
18 August 2017
A $1.787 million Turnbull Government investment in headspace services in Broken Hill will provide a significant boost to the region’s mental health care and support in an area identified as high need.
headspace will soon relocate from temporary accommodation to its permanent location at 231 Blende Street, making it the 100th headspace centre in Australia.
This service has been greatly anticipated across the community, with celebrations planned in the coming months to mark the centre’s new home.
headspace Broken Hill has been commissioned by the Western NSW Primary Health Network, and will be managed locally by a consortium of providers, led by community mental health not-for-profit organisation Flourish Australia.
Just like other services under the headspace banner across the country, the new headspace will offer early intervention support to young people aged between 12 and 25 years across Broken Hill and surrounding areas.
The Western NSW Primary Health Network region faces some unique health challenges. It holds four per cent of the NSW population, spread over more than half the State.
It experiences comparatively high rates of hospitalisations due to self-harm and a high rate of suicide. Mental health issues, psychological distress and suicide are also significant issues affecting Indigenous Australians in this region.
Early intervention offers the best way to reduce the duration and impact of mental health issues, which affect one in four young Australians. It’s critical that young people get the right support, in the right place, at the right time.
Up to six full-time equivalent staff will be employed at the Blende Street centre once services are fully operational. They will be backed by a diverse team of supporting professionals, bringing a range of tailored mental health and wellbeing support services, general medical support, vocational and educational services and alcohol and drug services.
Western NSW PHN commissioned the consortium of providers that will operate the centre, following extensive research and community consultation to understand what mental health services were required in Broken Hill and the Far West.
This means the services offered at headspace Broken Hill will target specific gaps identified in local primary health care.
Getting help early can make a real difference.
Young people who are concerned about their mental health – or the mental health of their families and friends – should to drop in to the centre, call 02 9393 9699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minister Hunt - Ben Wicks 0422 692 989
Minister Wyatt - Nick Way 0419 835 449
Mark Coulton MP - Simon Chamberlain 0477 309 999