A new headspace centre in the City of Monash is planned to open in October 2020 and a consortium led by Alfred Health will deliver the centre and associated services, following a competitive tender process by Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN).
headspace Monash is for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are seeking early intervention mental health supports in addition to physical health, alcohol and other drug (AOD), and vocational support.
Federal Member for Chisholm, Ms Gladys Liu MP, welcomes the new headspace Monash and its proximity to Monash University, saying it is a much-needed service for our community.
“In our community, young people aged 18 to 24 have the highest prevalence of mental illness of any age group”.
“A service that provides support for mental health and related issues will make a huge difference in the lives of young people and the greater community.
“A new headspace centre was one of the first commitments I took to the election, I am glad to deliver on that commitment and look forward to the good work that the centre will do,” she said.
EMPHN CEO, Janine Wilson, said the new centre will improve access to local mental health services for young people in the community.
“Mental health issues are one of their biggest concerns of young people in the City of Monash and surrounding areas and the new headspace will provide responsive and integrated services for young to meet this need,” she said.
Alfred Health's Child Youth and Mental Health Manager, Glenda Pedwell said the service will work closely with general practitioners to provide high quality care for young people, their families and friends.
“With a no wrong door policy we aim to support the high numbers of young people living, working and studying in the area that previously would have found it challenging to access headspace centres,” she said.
Young people including representatives from the Monash Youth Committee will be involved in designing, monitoring and evaluating the headspace Monash activities and services.
headspace Monash was informed by consultation with young people, schools, general practitioners, the City of Monash, Monash Youth Committee and local community services.
The location will be announced shortly.
The consortium led by Alfred Health includes Taskforce, Odyssey, Access Employment, St Kilda Football Club, Monash Youth Services, Gateway LLEN and Holmesglen TAFE.
headspace Monash is funded by the Australian Government under the PHN program.
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About EMPHN: Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network is primarily funded by the Australian Government to improve the care and support people receive from health services. We aim to improve the health of our community by ensuring people receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. www.emphn.org.au