GPH Welcomes Yass headspace Announcement

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May 15, 2019

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Grand Pacific Health (GPH) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that $1.5 million has been allocated to establish a headspace satellite service in Yass.

GPH, who are the lead agency for headspace Wollongong, Nowra, Goulburn and Bega have been advocating for youth mental health services in Yass after identifying a significant need in the area:

“We are seeing a number of young people and their families driving to our Goulburn centre in order to access services,” said GPH CEO, Ron de Jongh.

“There is a lot of unmet need in the area and we have been meeting with the Federal candidates in the lead up to this election to appeal for services and put the case forward.”

“We are delighted that Liberal Candidate for Eden-Monaro, Fiona Kotvojs and the Morrison Government have taken that message onboard and have committed to providing a satellite headspace centre in Yass - as one of 30 new sites announced in the recent budget allocation,” added Mr de Jongh.

headspace is a free health service for young people aged 12-25 years.

headspace centres offer young people access to a variety of experienced and friendly staff like; Psychologists, Counsellors, GP’s, Dietitians and Youth Workers.

The service offers early intervention across four key areas; mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, as well as alcohol and drug use.

GPH is a not-for-profit primary health service provider, delivering affordable services that are tailored to regional communities.

GPH operates from 12 hubs in South Eastern NSW and specialises in mental health, youth health, Aboriginal health care and chronic disease management.

 

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