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New headspace to provide mental health services for Portland community

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The Turnbull Government will provide a new headspace for young people in Portland and the surrounding communities.

The new service will help to address some of the current challenges experienced by young people living in the local area, which in some cases lead to mental ill-health, self-harm and suicide.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said, “young people in the local area faced many challenges, and this new service would provide a significant boost of support.”

“There are more pressures on young people today than ever before, and the establishment of this headspace is so important in providing needed services in our region,” Mr Tehan said.

“This new headspace and outreach service will deliver front-line services and coordinate the right interventions for at-risk young people.”

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Portland region was one of the ten locations to receive new headspace youth mental health services.

“I am committed to ensuring that Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it,” Minister Hunt said.


Dan Tehan - 8 June 2017

“The Turnbull Government is investing an extra $28.9 million for ten new


services, in regional and rural communities, bringing the total number of centres to 110 by



offers early intervention for 12 to 25-year-olds in four key areas - mental health,

related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.

A planning phase will now begin, and


services will continue to be provided by


Warrnambool during this period.

Western Victoria PHN Chief Executive Officer Leanne Beagley said: “Western Victoria

Primary Health Network is delighted that


Portland will be established as a

satellite service, administered through



Dedicated core funding for this service will extend vital mental health, alcohol and other

drugs, education, vocational support and primary health services to young people aged

between 12 to 25 years, in what is recognised as one of Victoria’s most disadvantaged

regions,” said Ms Beagley.

The Turnbull Government is committed to boosting mental health services with the 2017-

18 Budget providing more than $170 million for mental health support, treatment and


This includes $80 million of additional funding, contingent on matched commitments from

the states and territories, to maintain community psychosocial services for people with

mental illness who do not qualify for assistance through the National Disability Insurance


People living in rural and remote regions of Australia will now receive significantly

improved access to psychologists, under a new $9.1 million telehealth initiative set to roll-

out later this year.

Media contact: Cate Mercer-Grant 0408 564 232