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Primary Heath Tasmania is overseeing the establishment of two new headspace services for Tasmania – a new headspace centre on Hobart’s eastern shore and a statewide early psychosis youth service.
Timing of their commencement will depend on the ability to engage an appropriate provider, identify suitable premises, and employ the required workforce.
headspace Eastern Shore
The Australian Government has provided funding for a new headspace centre on Hobart’s eastern shore, and Primary Health Tasmania is working with headspace National to establish the centre and associated services.
This new centre will be in addition to existing headspace centres in central Hobart, Launceston and Devonport and a satellite service in Burnie. It is anticipated the new centre will open in early 2025.
Primary Health Tasmania is overseeing the development of Tasmania’s first dedicated early psychosis youth service – to be known as headspace Early Psychosis.
Psychosis is a condition where people may experience a range of symptoms including false beliefs, hallucinations, confused thinking and changed behaviour. It can be triggered by a mental illness, drug use, or extreme stress. Around three in every 100 people are diagnosed with a psychotic illness at some stage in their life, and two-thirds of people who have psychosis experience their first episode before the age of 25
Funded by the Australian Government, the statewide headspace Early Psychosis service will leverage off the headspace platform to provide early intervention treatment and support to young people aged 12 to 25 years who are at very high risk of or actively experiencing their first episode of psychosis.
It will use Orygen’s Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) model and be delivered as part of the headspace suite of youth mental health services.
The free and confidential service will be rolled out from headspace centres around the state in a staged approach. It will integrate with primary health and hospital services.
headspace Early Psychosis will be a hub-and-spoke model with the hub located in Hobart (expected to commence in the second half of 2024) and spokes in Launceston (2025), Burnie and Devonport (2026). A hub-and-spoke model is where the hub is the service headquarters and the spokes are smaller sites operating under guidance from the hub.