The Federal Member for Gilmore is calling on the Health Minister to provide a timeline for building the new full Headspace service in Batemans Bay.
During the federal election campaign, the Morrison Government matched Labor’s commitment for a full Headspace.
As the recently-released Bureau of Health Information’s Healthcare in Focus report showed, young people under the age of 25 account for almost one-quarter of overnight acute mental health-related episodes of care.
The report also found that more than half of the episodes of care for intentional self-harm were for patients aged 15–34 years, the majority with a mental health diagnosis.
“This is simply not good enough.
“We know that early intervention is key for young people living with mental ill health.
“That is why I have written to the Minister for Health asking him to clarify when the community can expect a full Headspace in Batemans Bay,” Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP said.
Mrs Phillips welcomed the government’s decision to match Labor’s commitment during the election and the Gilmore MP is eager to see this delivered.
“The Far South Coast deserves access to essential mental health services, and this report is simply more evidence that young people are at greater risk.”
“The Minister committed to a full Headspace and the community cannot afford to wait – we need it now and I will hold the government to account,” Mrs Phillips said.
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