18 March 2022

New headspace centre for Rosny Park

The Morrison Government will establish a new headspace service in Rosny Park to provide additional mental health support for young people in the region.

headspace is the Government’s flagship health programme for young Australians aged 12 – 25. It offers highly effective free or low-cost support for mental health, physical and sexual health, work and study, and alcohol and other drug use. Services are co-designed with and for young people to ensure that they are relevant, accessible, and delivered in a safe, confidential, and youth-friendly environment.

The new centre, funded in the 2021-22 Budget as part of the Government’s $2.3 billion National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, will ensure that young people in Rosny Park and surrounding areas can access the vital support they need to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said young people have been affected significantly by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and access to mental health services and support was more important than ever.

“We know that the pandemic and the measures taken to contain it have been incredibly difficult and stressful for many Australians, and particularly younger Australians. That is why we are prioritising mental health support, ensuring that young people have access to care to help them recover and thrive as we reopen the country,” Minister Hunt said.

It is estimated that one in four people aged 16 to 24 experiences some form of mental illness every year and that 75 per cent of mental health issues developing before the age of 25.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said the headspace network is at the heart of the Government’s vision for youth primary mental health services.

“With a focus on early intervention, headspace works with young people at a crucial time in their lives to provide the best possible health care and support, reducing the duration and impact of mental illness and helping them achieve their full potential.”

“We know that headspace is recognised by young people, their families and communities as a trusted source of care and that many communities are in need of more support to help them recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic” Minister Coleman said.

“Over the next four years, the Government is investing a record $873.2 million in the national headspace network to establish more centres, improve existing sites, deliver more mental health services, and reduce wait times for access to mental health care.”

Senator Jonno Duniam said that the new centre will be a critical resource for the young people on the Eastern Shore and surrounding communities.

“After the challenges of the last few years, looking after our mental health is more important than ever. By providing easy access to expert support in a confidential, welcoming environment, this new headspace centre will play an essential role in keeping the young people in our community safe and well.”

The new service is one of ten new centres funded in the 2021-22 Budget, which included $278.6 million to continue safeguarding the mental health of young Australians by strengthening, enhancing, and expanding the national headspace network.

These ten new centres will be established in a phased approach over four years as part of the largest ever expansion of the headspace Network, which will take the total number of headspace services nationally to 164 by 2025-26, up from just 56 in 2013. Primary Health Tasmania will receive ongoing funding of more than $1 million per year from 2023 for the centre in Rosny Park/

The Morrison Government continues to make mental health a national priority, investing a record $2.3 billion in the 2021-22 Budget for the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan to lead landmark reform of the mental health system, and providing more than $1 billion, including a significant investment in telehealth, to respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic. These investments have taken Health portfolio expenditure in mental health and suicide prevention services in 2021–22 to a record high of $6.5 billion.

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).

For enquiries, the Minister for Health and Aged Care’s office can be reached at minmedia@health.gov.au