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Support for headspace boosts youth mental health in Durack

Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost.

Member for Durack, Melissa Price, said the Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, means young people will have access to around 14,000 additional services nationally, shorter wait times and extra clinical staff.

“We want young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that we’re backing quality frontline support,” Ms. Price said.

“Durack currently has permanent headspace facilities in Broome and Geraldton, with a trial site in the Pilbara. An 8% increase in funding for all headspace centres across the country represents over half a million dollars extra over 4 years in Durack, and over $3.5million for Western Australia.”

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Government understands the huge mental health challenge facing many Australians, particularly young Australians.

“We’re committed to ensuring that Australians can get information, advice, understanding, counselling and treatment, when and where they need it,” Minster Hunt said.

“Within our funding injection for headspace, $39 million will go towards services and staff while $12.8 million will ensure headspace National can continue to run eheadspace so young people can access support when they need it.”

“The additional investment is on top of the $95.7 million per year we have already committed to the 107 headspace centres running across the country.”

Headspace has increased the number of services it delivers from around 259,000 in 2014/15 to around 382,000 in 2017/18. Last year, approximately 33,800 young people accessed eheadspace.

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