- East Kimberley organisation Wunan has been appointed as the lead agency to establish and operate headspace Kununurra.
- headspace Kununurra will bring a much-needed resource to the area, offering young people support with their mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs issues, and work and study.
headspace Kununurra is one step closer to opening, with the announcement of Wunan as the lead agency to establish and run the service.
WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), the operator of the Country WA Primary Health Network, awarded the contract to Wunan following an open tender procurement process.
For nearly 20 years Wunan has been successfully delivering services and programs across the East Kimberley, including delivery of clinical services to Kununurra and surrounding communities.
In the establishment and operation of headspace Kununurra, Wunan will be working closely with both existing service providers and the community to provide coordinated services that best meet the needs of the area’s young people and their families.
headspace Kununurra is set to open in the 21/22 financial year.
Young people aged 12 to 25 can contact headspace Kununurra directly or be referred by their GP or mental health professional.
Read the full media release here
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We are pleased to be able to let you know that tender submissions have now opened for the delivery of headspace Kununurra. The suite of tender documents for RFT11480 headspace Centre – Kununurra are located at: https://wapha.etenderbox.com.au/Supplier/Home.aspx
In the "Key Documents" tool here on Primary Health Exchange, you will find a manual descibing how to register your organisation and submit your Offer/Response through the e-tender portal.
A non-mandatory online briefing for applicants will be held on Wednesday 28 October 2020 commencing at 10am WAST. Interested parties need to confirm their attendance by 4pm Monday 26 October 2020. You will find RSVP details in the tender documents.
Please note that I have disabled interactive functions on this page, as all questions regarding the tender process must be directed to the tender portal. This ensures that all questions are managed by the same person for consistency, and all answers are viewable by all applicants - an important part of ensuring a fair process. If you have questions about the online sessions with Nous/Jane Forward, please contact them directly or email email@example.com
We thank you again for your time, interest and passion for the wellbeing of people in the East Kimberley, and are looking forward to the next existing chapter in this project.
Good morning, everyone.
In light of the ongoing concerns about consultation fatigue and saturation being expressed by stakeholders across the Kimberley, Nous and WAPHA have agreed to a more targeted approach to the October consultations to ensure we limit the ongoing over-consultation of young people, community members and service providers across the region.
The revised plan will see in-person visits limited to Derby and Fitzroy Crossing, with Nous focusing on the Kimberley Youth AOD service. This will be followed by virtual workshops for service providers (Nous and Jane Forward together). There will be one session focused on Kununurra providers and three for providers from anywhere in the Kimberley. This approach will ensure that efforts are focused on the stakeholders that have not yet had input into the process to date. The virtual approach to engaging with service providers ensures that stakeholders will have the opportunity to ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ of the testing phase of the project, depending on capacity and availability. This will provide more flexibility for the timing of consultations, and limit any imposition on stakeholders. Invitation to these events are currently being sent.
If you have any questions regarding the change, please contact Project Manager Rosie Logie on (08) 6272 4900 or via the "Ask a Question" tab here on this page. You can also email via firstname.lastname@example.org
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 currently being codesigned.
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 email@example.com Venue confirmation will be posted here and sent via the mailing list.
Good afternoon, everyone. Just popping on to provide you with some important updates:
Tender timeline: We have pushed the procurement timeline out slightly. We anticipate opening tender submissions mid-October. A reminder to register for tender notifications if you are interested in applying. Click on this link to register: https://www.wapha.org.au/service-providers/service-provider-support/expressions-of-interest-and-tenders/ An online applicant briefing, including question time, will be held early on in the submission period, and details of this will be included in the online tender package.
October visit: Nous and Jane Forward will be returning to the East Kimberley in the week of the 19th October to explore what "joined up" service delivery looks like for young people in the region. Further details will be posted here over the coming week.
As always, please use the “Ask a Question” tab here to contact us with any queries. We are pleased at the number of visits to this site and appreciate your participation as we have been learning to use our engagement hub in new ways, to improve our communication with stakeholders. “
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.