New headspace Centre to be Established in Colac for Youth Mental Health Support

Media Release

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) is pleased to announce new Federal Government funding has been allocated to establish a headspace centre in Colac for youth mental health support.

Funding of $750,000 has been directed into the establishment of the new service within the Colac Otway Shire for which planning is already underway to commence operations in the second half of 2021. An eligible mental health service is set to be commissioned to deliver the service in the first half of 2021.

WVPHN Chief Executive Officer Rowena Clift said: “We are delighted to receive this federal funding to give much needed access to mental health support for young people in the Colac area.”

“Mental health is a WVPHN priority area and with the nature of 2020 we want to cast the widest net possible across our region to ensure our youth are supported back to wellness if they are struggling. This new centre will strengthen the capacity of headspace to provide timely youth treatment services across the city of Colac and strengthen the mental health workforce in the area to deliver a broader range and mix of high-quality services.”

WVPHN has commissioned multiple headspace centres throughout western Victoria to provide an additional option for young people seeking mental health support in their local community. headspace is available to young people aged 12 to 25 years along with their families and friends to provide face-to-face information, support and services in four key areas: mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.

The development of the service will start early in 2021 with the headspace centre opening in the second half of 2021. The tender is now open via TenderLink until 25 January 2021.

Colac will join other western Victorian regional centres Geelong, Ballarat, Horsham, Portland and Warrnambool in hosting a headspace centre.

Information Session

To register for the online information session taking place on Wednesday 13 January 2021 about the headspace Model, establishment processes for headspace Colac and the tender process, please visit the Event webpage.