Relationships Australia Victoria to lead and deliver headspace services for Bass Coast and South Gippsland.

Gippsland PHN is pleased to announce Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) as the lead agency to establish and deliver headspace services for Bass Coast and South Gippsland.

headspace services aim to improve mental health outcomes for young people aged 12-25 years with or at risk of mild to moderate mental illness. Their services aim to be highly accessible, youth-friendly, integrated service hubs that respond to the mental health, general health, alcohol and other drug and vocational concerns of young people. headspace services aim to improve mental health outcomes by reducing help-seeking barriers and facilitating early access to services that meet the holistic needs of young people.

The new services will be established as a centre (based in Wonthaggi) and outpost model, incorporating and supporting four existing Youth Access Clinics to provide an efficient, effective and integrated approach across Bass Coast and South Gippsland. By working with the existing Youth Assist Clinics in Foster, Korumburra, Leongatha and Wonthaggi and an additional Youth Assist Clinic to be established on Phillip Island, headspace will establish and enhance strong community connections.

Utilising the existing Youth Assist Clinic providers and the current workforce, a consistent and efficient model of governance will be established in line with headspace National Office requirements. A collaborative, consortium-led approach with committed community services and members will enable headspace consortium partner agencies to provide in-kind support by way of co-contributed staff, including community-based drug and alcohol, and mental health specialists.

With more than 70 years’ experience and established relationships with existing headspace centres, RAV is a valued provider of family and relationship support services that help Victorians to achieve positive, safe and respectful relationships.

Gippsland PHN CEO, Marianne Shearer said she is delighted that RAV is leading the new headspace services in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland region.

“RAV already has a strong history of providing mental health services and supporting young people and families with issues affecting their wellbeing and relationships. Their knowledge and expertise will be of great value to our young and vulnerable community,” said Ms Shearer.

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