Limestone Coast residents will have easier access to mental health services with a new Head to Health adult mental health satellite service to be established in Mount Gambier.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin on Friday announced the service, which he has been advocating for since the announcement of 24 new satellite centres as part of the 2021-22 Budget in May last year.
Since then, Mr Pasin has worked with Local Government and existing mental health service providers to advocate for one of the 24 satellite centres to be located in Mount Gambier.
“I’m grateful to everyone across the Limestone Coast who signed the petition and wrote letters of support that I was then able to hand to the Health Minister in Canberra.
“This backed up what I had been saying- the Limestone Coast needed more mental health services and should be included in the Federal Government’s Head to Health initiative,” Mr Pasin said.
“Much like a Headspace for adults, Head to Health satellite services, like the one that will be established here in the Limestone Coast are designed to provide a welcoming, low stigma, ‘no wrong door’, entry point for adults to access mental health information, services and supports.”
Mr Pasin said the services at the Head to Health satellite will be free, and referrals can also be made for more intensive mental health care or social supports if needed.
Mount Gambier Head to Health satellite service will be commissioned by the local Primary Health Network (PHN) which will receive a total of $3.4m over four years from 2022 to establish and operate the centre.
The PHN will consult with the community to determine the exact location and ensure the centre provides services in a way that meets the needs of the local community.
The satellite will be integrated within the primary care setting to offer support to adults with moderate to severe levels of mental illness over the short to medium term.