headspace Kununurra

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In mid-2019 the Federal Government announced an allocation of $3.5 million over four years to establish a new headspace centre in Kununurra. WA Primary Health Alliance is responsible for the commissioning and contract management of all headspace services in Western Australia and for commissioning the delivery of mental health services for young people through the headspace network.

The new headspace centre aims to improve mental health outcomes for young people aged 12-25 years with or at risk of mild to moderate mental illness through a highly accessible, youth friendly integrated service hub that responds, at a minimum, to mental health, general health, alcohol and other drug and vocational concerns of young people.

As part of the process to open the new headspace centre, we are consulting with as many stakeholders as possible to ensure we get the service right and it helps young people across the region.

We are seeking your input to make sure:

  • The headspace model is effective and inclusive for young people and families in Kununurra / East Kimberley
  • Young people and healthcare providers in the region are aware of the headspace centre and services offered


About headspace

headspace is an enhanced primary care model that addresses the unique barriers that young people face accessing mental health support. With a focus on early intervention, headspace provides young people (12 - 25 years old) and their families with support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.

Support is available through 100+ national headspace centres, online services and clinical programs across Australia. All headspace centres are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. WA Primary Health Alliance works closely with the centres, lead agencies, and their consortia partners in our region, in supporting ongoing improvements to accessibility, integration, quality and effectiveness.


if you have any queries about the headspace Kununurra project, please post your question below or contact Rosie Logie, Project Manager via pmo@wapha.org.au


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In mid-2019 the Federal Government announced an allocation of $3.5 million over four years to establish a new headspace centre in Kununurra. WA Primary Health Alliance is responsible for the commissioning and contract management of all headspace services in Western Australia and for commissioning the delivery of mental health services for young people through the headspace network.

The new headspace centre aims to improve mental health outcomes for young people aged 12-25 years with or at risk of mild to moderate mental illness through a highly accessible, youth friendly integrated service hub that responds, at a minimum, to mental health, general health, alcohol and other drug and vocational concerns of young people.

As part of the process to open the new headspace centre, we are consulting with as many stakeholders as possible to ensure we get the service right and it helps young people across the region.

We are seeking your input to make sure:

  • The headspace model is effective and inclusive for young people and families in Kununurra / East Kimberley
  • Young people and healthcare providers in the region are aware of the headspace centre and services offered


About headspace

headspace is an enhanced primary care model that addresses the unique barriers that young people face accessing mental health support. With a focus on early intervention, headspace provides young people (12 - 25 years old) and their families with support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.

Support is available through 100+ national headspace centres, online services and clinical programs across Australia. All headspace centres are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. WA Primary Health Alliance works closely with the centres, lead agencies, and their consortia partners in our region, in supporting ongoing improvements to accessibility, integration, quality and effectiveness.


if you have any queries about the headspace Kununurra project, please post your question below or contact Rosie Logie, Project Manager via pmo@wapha.org.au


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  • Update & summary of August workshop

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    A big thank you to the 25 people who attended the Kununurra headspace service providers workshop on 20th August. It is great to see such a high level of interest in the model and future centre.

    On the day we heard from Raina Washington, National Centre Services Manager and Alison McRoberts, National Centre Services Advisor – you can see their PowerPoint presentation in the "Key Documents" section of this web page. Key points included:

    • Young people are a key driver in the setup, ongoing service development and governance of a headspace centre
    • Centres need to be accessible and accommodating to the needs of family and friends
    • Centres reduce barriers to access so are youth-friendly, operate outside of normal business hours and are identifiably headspace (branding requirements)
    • Centres provide four core streams – mental health, physical and sexual health, alcohol and other drug and vocational and educational services plus community awareness activities to reduce stigma and increase mental health literacy

    In the second half of the workshop, service providers shared what community assets young people currently access. The discussion then acknowledged the high level of need in neighbouring towns and communities, which should remain on the headspace centre agenda for ongoing discussion once the centre is established and running well. The collective voice confirmed that the establishment of a headspace centre will offer valuable potential to young people living in Kununurra and surrounds, and the establishment of a well-run, full functional collaborative service that meets local needs and is guided by a youth advisory structure is the priority.

    The open tender will be called in late September/early October, remaining open for 8 to 10 weeks. In the led up interested parties are encouraged to:

    • Start thinking/planning about what you perceive local need to be, the vision for the centre and how this can be achieved.
    • Start thinking/planning about who would be a suitable led and consortium partners. At a minimum, each centre is expected to consist of the following four key components -primary health, mental health, AOD and vocational support (consortium partners are at a minimum expected to contribute the equivalent of a .2 FTE contribution, and led agency management overheads are to be kept to a minimal).
    • Start thinking /planning a location and refer to minimal floor sizes data provided by headspace to guide – (feedback from recent new centres reveal that 60% of the new centres found they underestimated floor space needed).
    • Start thinking/ planning how the lead agency can demonstrate cultural competency, the ability (or history of) to partner and work with/ establish a youth advisory group and meet needs of a diverse range of young people.

    Jane Forward, consultant and Nous Consultancy will be returning to Kununurra in October, to meet with stakeholders to advance the discussion around the interface of the headspace centre and the new Kimberly Alcohol and other Drug Service, both scheduled to be open by 1 July 2021.

  • Integrated consultations to be held August 17-20: headspace and the Kimberley Youth AOD service

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    24 August, 2020

    Hi everyone! I've just uploaded a joint statement by the WA Primary Health Alliance and the WA Mental Health Commission about our shared commitment to work together when consulting in the Kimberley. Both organisations are doing all they can to bring together our engagement with local stakeholders, to reduce the effort required by you all to provide input to our respective planning . It's been a challenge finalising visit dates for August for a few reasons, but we are excited that our consultant Jane Forward, along with Nous group consultants for the Mental Health Commission, will be in Kununurra and Wyndham in the week of the 17th August. An open service provider workshop about headspace Kununurra will be held on Thursday morning, 9.30-11.30 (venue in Kununurra TBC). Invitations have been sent via the mailing list, but any organisation providing support services to young people in Kununurra or neighbouring communities is welcome to attend - RSVP to janeforward@janeforward.com.au Venue confirmation will be posted here and sent via the mailing list.

  • Webinar summary uploaded

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    27 July, 2020

    Hi everyone! What a gorgeous day it is in Perth after all the rain we've had. Hope it's nice up at Kununurra! I've just uploaded the summary of the webinar held earlier this month. Raina Washington from headspace National presented a high-level overview of the headspace model, and we were honoured to have presentations from Renee Blackman from Gidgee Healing (headspace Mt Isa) and Jade Gooding from Anglicare NT (headspace Katherine). We've included their answers to the questions that were asked. Raina's presentation is also uploaded as a separate document.

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