May 06, 2022
headspace Nowra officially celebrated the relocation to its new premises in Nowra on Thursday 5 May. Since 2012, headspace Nowra has been providing young people aged 12 to 25 access to youth friendly, free and confidential mental health and wellbeing services in their local area.
headspace Nowra’s Kinghorne Street premises was opened by Senator Hollie Hughes and Fiona Phillips MP (Member for Gilmore), along with Dianne Kitcher (CEO of COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN), Adam Phillips, (Grand Pacific Health’s CEO) and local young people from the community.
According to Adam Phillips, Grand Pacific Health’s CEO, headspace Nowra’s new premises provide more consulting rooms, better soundproofing and space to accommodate the growing workforce, which is needed to support the long-term sustainability of the service.
The new premise includes two large group spaces, reception and waiting area, a GP room and eight other consult rooms, as well as meeting rooms, office space and amenities.
“We consulted with a number of young people who felt it was in a great spot near the town centre, and easily accessible to young people in Nowra,” he said.
Ebony Kay, a member of headspace Nowra’s Youth Reference Group said headspace relies on local young people’s feedback on how they operate, including choosing the location of the centre as well as design layout, furniture and artworks.
“The new headspace centre is a great move as it is more central and is easier for young people who rely on public transport to access. Having a street presence in the CBD is also good for young people who pass by and may not be aware of the service,” said Ms Kay.
“Our YRG suggested and selected a local Indigenous artwork to be displayed in the Nowra centre. We also have a lot of extra space for YRG meetings and future activities such as social group spaces and other great activities for young people which is really exciting,” she said.
Fiona Phillips MP said now more than ever with the aftereffects of the bushfires and COVID-19, it is essential to focus on young people’s mental health and have services like headspace readily available.
“These experiences can certainly impact our mental health and our ability to get through these tough times. Bolstering local mental health services has been a top priority for me, particularly for the Shoalhaven community and I’m delighted this centre is more accessible and youth-friendly,” said Ms Phillips.
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN worked closely with Grand Pacific Health to secure funding for the relocation through Round 2 of the ‘Youth Mental Health: headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program’.
Dianne Kitcher, COORDINARE’s CEO said, “As youth mental health services are in high demand, fit for purpose spaces are essential to provide a safe and well utilised service. We continue to seek opportunities to build the available workforce and partner with agencies to ensure mental health services are responsive to community need and accessible in a timely manner.”
headspace Nowra is funded by COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN through the Australian Government’s PHN program.Back to News
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