Joint Media Release with Health Minister Greg Hunt and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt
The Coalition Government will provide a new a headspace for young people in Katherine to support the mental health of young people in the local area.
Mental health issues are significantly higher in the Northern Territory than in other parts of Australia, and the data shows that the Katherine region is an area of high need.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Katherine community had been calling for additional resources to better support young people in particular and this new investment demonstrated the Coalition Government’s commitment to working with communities.
“There are more pressures on young people in the Territory today than ever before and this investment by the Coalition Government to establish the new headspace facility in Katherine will make an important contribution to providing much-needed additional support for young local residents,” Minister Scullion said.
“I am proud to be a part of a Government that is investing in important services in regional Australia and our commitment to provide a new headspace service will give the youth population in Katherine access to better mental health care.
“We are committed to supporting Territorians in remote and regional areas and this investment is going to make a real difference for the future of our young people in Katherine.”
Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt said early intervention was absolutely critical to helping young people with mental health issues.
“This new headspace would deliver more front-line services and critically, coordinate the right interventions for at risk young people,” Minister Wyatt said.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Katherine region was one of the ten locations to receive new headspace youth mental health services.
“I am committed to ensuring that Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Turnbull Government is investing an extra $28.9 million for ten new headspace services, in regional and rural communities, bringing the total number of centres to 110 by 2019.”
headspace offers early intervention for 12 to 25 year olds in four key areas – mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.
This new service will bring the total number of headspace services in the Northern Territory to three, with existing locations in Darwin and Alice Springs.
A planning phase will now begin and headspace services are expected to be available within 12 months.
The Turnbull Government is committed to boosting mental health services with the 2017-18 Budget providing more than $170 million for mental health support, treatment and research.
This includes $80 million of additional funding, contingent on matched commitments from the states and territories, to maintain community psychosocial services for people with mental illness who do not qualify for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
People living in rural and remote regions of Australia will now receive significantly improved access to psychologists, under a new $9.1 million telehealth initiative set to roll-out later this year.