Funding Delivers Headspace; Youth Will Get Mental Health Care

The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia), June 7, 2012 | Go to article overview

Funding Delivers Headspace; Youth Will Get Mental Health Care


Lynnis Bonanno

CHIEF REPORTER

Lynnis.bonanno@dailymercury.com.au

THE push for a Headspace took another leap forward yesterday with the announcement of the lead agency to deliver the youth mental health service.

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan announced that Townsville Mackay Medicare Local, which has proven success in the field in Townsville, would deliver the service.

The organisation's mental health services director Aileen Colley said it was fabulous news for Mackay and she quickly gave credit to the people on the ground she had been working with.

C[pounds sterling]We have been operating a Headspace in Townsville since June 2008, and we're obviously very pleased that we've been chosen as the lead agency, but it's really about the local consortium who have been helping to develop that. We will be working with them, C[yen] Ms Colley said.

Those involved in the consortium are YIRS (the Youth Information Referral Service); Community Solutions, which provides vocational education and training services; the Mackay Regional Council; the Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland; Drug Arm; and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service. …

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