Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the establishment of a headspace mental health service in Whyalla is a huge asset for
town’s young people.
“The announcement today is confirmation of the commitment I made to the
Whyalla community as part of the last election. As of today the funds are
available to the Primary Healthcare Network and we can get on with the job of
making this a reality,” he said.
"It is a service I have been advocating to be established for some time
after seeing the resounding success of the facility in Port Augusta and the
wonderful work that has been done for young people that area.
“Headspace is a proven model offering support, confidential chat
services and assistance with mental and sexual health issues and will be
established in Whyalla to provide ongoing support to young people in the
“This service will provide a welcome boost to local mental health
services, in an area previously identified as being of high need.
“With external pressing issues facing young people in Whyalla which
have placed added strain on our younger community, some time ago I invited the former
National CEO of Headspace Chris Tanti to Whyalla to meet with a representative
body to discuss options for Whyalla.
"I also look forward
to meeting and working with new National CEO of headspace Jason
Trethowan as we progress towards the headspace Whyalla
“I particularly thank Whyalla City Council Councillor Claire McLachlan who
originally brought this proposal to me and I thank her for her contribution to
Mr Ramsey said the Whyalla headspace has been funded with a budget of
$800,000 per annum by the Federal Government which will fund a youth workers, clinicians
and strong support from medical professionals. There is also a separate budget
allocation to fit-out suitable premises.
“The exciting news are the plans to operate the Port Augusta and
Whyalla facilities jointly which will provide a saving of $150,000 a year on
operating costs which in turn will be redirected to providing even more
clinical services,” he said. “In effect this is a joint dividend for Port Augusta
“There are more pressures on young people today than ever, and for
some, life can become overwhelming.
“I am really pleased with this announcement and what it will mean for
many of our young people.”
headspace offers early
intervention for 12 to 25 year olds in four key areas:
alcohol and other
Whyalla headspace will now
begin a planning phase with services expected to available within 12 months.
Mr Ramsey next week said he will meet with representatives from Primary
Health Care Network which has oversight of mental health services in country SA
to discuss finding a suitable premises in Whyalla.
Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 86 33 1744
April 27 2017