Mental health issues amongst young people received a boost yesterday, with the announcement of additional services nationwide.
Five new headspace sites were announced for NSW – Tamworth, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Penrith and North Sydney.
Victoria will welcome four new sites, while headspace facilities were also named for Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.
Two outpost services – overseen by existing headspace centres – will also be established in Mount Isa (Queensland) and Burnie/Devonport (Tasmania).
headspace provides early intervention mental health services to Australians aged 12 to 25, and is funded by Medicare. The new sites will mean an additional 20,000 young people can access care and support.
"Since inception, headspace has helped more than 50,000 young people overcome mental health problems. The expansion will help headspace reach many more young Australians in need," acting chief executive office Liz Burgat said.
The federal government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman states that one in five Australians will experience some form of mental illness in their lives.
Currently, a Medicare rebate of up $120 can be claimed if a Mental Health Treatment Plan and referral to headspace is obtained from a GP. Some aspects of mental health care may also be covered by private health insurance, including hospital admissions and psychology services.