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Bigger And Better: Headspace For Young People Reopens In Nowra

Thursday, 05 May 2022
Young people in Nowra and the surrounding region will have better access to mental health services with the Headspace Nowra reopening at a new site thanks to a $495,000 investment from the Morrison Government.
The new central location is at bigger and better premises at 96 Kinghorne Street, Nowra, on Tharawal country.

Liberal Senator for New South Wales, Hollie Hughes, said the Headspace network is at the heart of the Government’s vision for youth primary mental health services.

“The reopening of Headspace Nowra at an expanded and improved premises enables this service to provide the best timely mental health support for young people in the region,” Senator Hughes said.

“We know the pandemic and the measures taken to contain it have been incredibly difficult and stressful for many Australians, and particularly younger Australians.

“Young people have been affected significantly by the impacts of the pandemic, and access to mental health services and support is more important than ever.

“That is why we are prioritising mental health support, ensuring that young people have access to care to help them recover, and reach their full potential.”

Liberal candidate for Gilmore, Andrew Constance, said the South Eastern NSW PHN sought input from Youth Reference Group members in planning the relocation, including designing the space, the fit-out and recruiting staff.

“The new premises has two large group spaces, a reception and waiting area, a GP’s room, eight consult rooms, as well as meeting rooms, office space and amenities,” Mr Constance said.

“The increased space and addition of a supervising Clinical Lead means Headspace Nowra can now welcome six student training placements in 2022, a two-fold increase since 2021.

“South Eastern New South Wales Primary Health Network (PHN) received $795,000 to improve the headspace in Nowra for the benefit of young people and their families.

“Following the catastrophic bushfires, in 2019–20, $300,000 was provided to boost the capacity of Headspace Nowra and a further $495,000 enabled the service to relocate to a better, larger site.”

Senator Hughes said Headspace is recognised by young people, their families and communities as a trusted source of care and has played a vital role in ensuring young Australians receive mental health support where, when and how they need it.

“Over the next four years, the Morrison Government is investing $873.2 million in Headspace, bolstering capacity to reduce wait times and undertaking the single largest expansion of the network to deliver 164 services by 2025–26,” Senator Hughes said.

“It ensures young people have the support they need at a crucial time in their lives to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.”

The Nowra relocation project was funded through the Government’s $152 million Headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program, which provides grants to Headspace services to address demand, reduce wait times and make capital enhancements.

The Morrison Government has made mental health and suicide prevention a national priority and is investing a record $3 billion in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Budgets for the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan to deliver landmark reform of the mental health and suicide prevention system.

This brings the Health portfolio expenditure in mental health and suicide prevention services and supports in 2022–23 to a record high of $6.8 billion.

Unlike the Labor Party, who cut mental health funding when last in Government and has not given Australians any detail on their plans for mental health in the future, the Morrison Government will continue to ensure that all Australians can access information, advice, counselling, or treatment, when and where they need it.

Young Australians needing support can access free services through their local Headspace or online through eheadspace (https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/).

Australians looking for support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can access the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service any time via telephone at 1800 512 348 or online at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au).

People seeking help in NSW can also call the dedicated Head to Health number (1800 595 212), talk to a mental health professional and be directed to the most appropriate care according to their individual needs.