headspace Grafton has launched with an official opening celebration

North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) is delighted to announce that the Federal Member for Page, Mr Kevin Hogan, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, Professor Patrick McGorry; national headspace CEO Jason Trethowan; and the CEO of GenHealth Ms Bronwyn Chalmers, have officially opened headspace Grafton on Monday 18 December.

GenHealth – a multi-disciplinary service providing clinical, health promotion and allied health services for those at risk in the community – is the lead agency of the consortium managing the new youth mental health centre.

North Coast Primary Health Network allocated Commonwealth funds to establish headspace Grafton and selected GenHealth as the successful tenderer to manage the centre.

NCPHN’s Chief Executive, Dr Vahid Saberi, said he was very happy that headspace services were now available to the young people of the Clarence Valley.

The Federal Health Minister only announced that Grafton would be getting a headspace centre in February 2017. It is amazing that we are able to open the centre in the same year. This achievement is a testament to, not only political will, but also the collaboration between North Coast Primary Health Network, the Commonwealth Department of Health, headspace national and GenHealth.

headspace Grafton will fill a big gap in youth mental health services in the region and I am confident that GenHealth will run an excellent centre.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said headspace Grafton was an integral addition to the national network.

The young people of the Clarence Valley and surrounding areas will now have access to youth friendly, mental health services. headspace brings together a range of youth support services that addresses the needs of this community. And the young people of this community have been instrumental in advocating for headspace and guiding its establishment.”

Ms Chalmers said an exceptional local team had been recruited to staff headspace Grafton.

Now with the support of the Grafton Community, local Aboriginal Communities, Clarence Youth Action Group and Clarence Valley Pride Group we are looking forward to contributing to the wellbeing of the young people of the Clarence Valley.

Professor McGorry said he was delighted see the young people of Grafton welcoming a headspace into their community.

From here on, young people and their families from across the Clarence Valley will be able to visit their own headspace centre, be welcomed by friendly and supportive clinicians and staff, and receive the best holistic care on offer”.

headspace Grafton’s General Manager Mr Jason Grimes is looking forward to welcoming community members to the centre on this important occasion.

Our team is proud to open the doors to the Clarence Valley community’s first headspace. We have eagerly looked forward to this day and are grateful to represent so many of you in the community who worked hard to make headspace a reality“.

We are excited to bring together so many wonderful health and support services under one roof for our young people and we have a great lineup of artists for our celebration concert,” he said.

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