Primary Health Tasmania welcomes national funding boost for headspace
Posted on October 15, 2018
Primary Health Tasmania welcomes the Australian Government’s recent announcement youth mental health service provider headspace will receive an extra $51.8 million to provide around 14,000 additional services, shorten waiting times and recruit extra clinical staff.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the funding boost on 14 October and said almost $13 million of the new funding will go to ensuring the organisation can continue to run its online and telephone confidential support service, eheadspace, which was accessed by about 33,800 young people last year.
“Our support for headspace gives young Australians a single entry point to friendly primary care that includes early intervention services and support for physical and mental wellbeing,” the prime minister said.
This additional funding supplements support already provided by Primary Health Tasmania to local headspace centres as one of our valued commissioned services working to improve Tasmanians’ mental health.
The Tasmanian headspace offices provide face-to-face services at hubs based in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, as well as outreach support via eheadspace, and typically assist young Tasmanians with issues like low mood, poor self-esteem, anxiety and family or relationship conflict.