Mr Russell Broadbent MP, Member for McMillan officially opened the new Headspace centre in Wonthaggi last Thursday in a celebration event led by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), headspace National Office and Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) Headspace Wonthaggi opened its doors to clients in December 2018 with RAV appointed as the lead agency by Gippsland PHN for the Wonthaggi centre.
This official launch had an air of excitement with a team of staff now in place to meet the needs of young people in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland region who visit the centre.
In addition to this central hub in Wonthaggi, services will be offered from satellite locations in Foster, Korumburra, Leongatha and Phillip Island.
Two young members of the Headspace Youth Advisory Group spoke about their new roles and the value of being able to access a place like headspace in their town. Chloe Papillion, 18 said she has found the centre a welcoming space where others can come and feel safe and that they’re not alone.
Headspace aims to meet the mental health, general health, alcohol and other drug as well as vocational support for young people aged 12 -25. With a strong focus on early intervention and reducing barriers that may prevent help-seeking and providing services that meet the complex needs of young people.
Image: Vikki Ryall Headspace National Office Executive Director, Dr Andrew Bickerdike RAV CEO, Russell Broadbent MP, Amanda Proposch CEO of Gippsland PHN, Dr Sinead De Gooyer, Chair of Gippsland PHN