Western Victoria PHN funds four headspace centres across the region. headspace provides health services, with a focus on mental well-being for young people aged 12-25.

Lead agencies have been commissioned for headspace Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Horsham from 1 July 2016.

New headspace for Portland and surrounding communities

On Friday 9 June, following a needs assessment conducted by Western Victoria PHN, our partners and communities, Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, announced the establishment of a new headspace satellite service in central Portland, administered by headspace Warrnambool.

“Dedicated core funding for this service will extend vital mental health, alcohol and other drugs, education, vocational support and primary health services to young people aged between 12 to 25 years, in what is recognised as one of Victoria’s most disadvantaged regions,” said Western Victoria PHN’s Chief Executive Officer Leanne Beagley.

Background

A South West Victorian Student Needs Survey conducted in 2014 identified that 96% of students had concerns and needs related to family issues such as dysfunction and family breakdowns.

A third of Year 8 and 10 students report living in family environments with high levels of conflict. Research in 2015 shows that children raised in environments such as these are at risk of violence, delinquency, school dropout, teen pregnancy and drug use.

Service Provider

Western Victoria PHN congratulates Brophy Family & Youth Services as the agency that will deliver this service in Portland.

Operating headspace Warrnambool since 2008, Brophy have demonstrated a commitment to the region by developing service level agreements with existing schools and community and health services to support young people to access mental health, alcohol and other drug, primary health and vocational services.

The establishment of a headspace satellite service in central Portland, administered by headspace Warrnambool, will provide those direct and much needed services for local young people.

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At announcement from left to right: Dan Tehan (Member for Wannon), Leanne Beagley (CEO - Western Victoria PHN), Anne Waters (Regional Manager - headspace Warrnambool), Mick Murphy (Independent Chair - headspace Warrnambool Consortium), and Anita Rank (Mayor - Glenelg Shire).