Update & summary of August workshop

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.

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