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Relationships Australia says YES to marriage equality vote


 

 

Relationships Australia says YES to marriage equality vote

5 September 2017

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) has been selected as the lead agency for a newly announced headspace centre in Bairnsdale in Victoria.
The new centre will provide early intervention mental health services to young people aged 12 to 25 years in East Gippsland. They will have access to free or low cost and confidential mental, general and sexual health services as well as education and employment, and alcohol and other drug support services. The comprehensive suite of services will include therapeutic, financial, and drug and alcohol counselling, psychiatric consultations, vocational guidance, help with job seeking and health and wellbeing services for Aboriginal young people.
With more than 68 years’ experience, RAV provides family and relationship support services to help Victorians to achieve positive, safe and respectful relationships.
RAV Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andrew Bickerdike, said RAV had a strong history of providing mental health services and supporting young people and families with issues affecting their wellbeing and relationships.
“We have established relationships with headspace centres in Hawthorn, Greensborough and Knox, and provide an existing family mental health support service for children and young people in East Gippsland,” Dr Bickerdike said. “We know how important early intervention mental health services are and we welcome the opportunity to continue to support young people in a dedicated way through the headspace centre in Bairnsdale.”
With a focus on meeting the local needs of the rural community, the centre will be supported by contract manager Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) and operated in partnership with a consortium of local services: Latrobe Regional Hospital, within Australia, Australian Community Support Organisation, Latrobe Community Health Service, Gippsland Lakes Community Health, MIND Australia, Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative, and Advanced Personnel Management.
Ms Marianne Shearer, Chief Executive Officer of Gippsland PHN is excited to see the development of headspace in Bairnsdale. Ms Shearer said “it will be of great benefit for the community offering youth focussed mental health services. The East Gippsland community have passionately advocated for a service for their young people and it’s fantastic that we are able to assist it to come to fruition.”
Dr Bickerdike said that a Youth Advisory Group had also been established to enable young people to have direct input into the development of the centre and to ensure that the services are provided to young people in a welcoming, supportive, accessible and inclusive way.
“We’re pleased to have a group of enthusiastic and energetic young people involved in establishing the centre, and we look forward to working closely with these young people, our consortium members and the East Gippsland community in providing the headspace Bairnsdale centre.”
headspace has 95 centres currently operating across Australia and also operates an online and telephone service, eheadspace. More than 270,000 young Australians have come to headspace for support, guidance or help over the past 10 years.

The federation of nine Relationships Australia organisations has joined the call for Australians to vote yes to marriage equality, in the coming national postal vote.

Relationships Australia National Executive Officer, Alison Brook said: “As a federation of organisations working across Australia with people from all walks of life we support marriage equality in this country.

“All adult Australians should have the right to access marriage as a normal and inclusive next step in their relationships. This right is paramount in a society that values respect and dignity for all its members.

“Marriage equality is vitally important to the physical and mental health of same sex attracted Australians, which is why we joined The Equality Campaign to spread the message that marriage discrimination is harmful to the health of LGBTIQ people,” Ms Brook said.

“Relationships Australia has counselling services nationally for any Australians who are negatively impacted by the debate, the advertising and the fallout that comes with these. Our centres are available to support all Australians who need help, particularly LGBTIQ Australians for whom this is a particularly emotive issue.”

Relationships Australia Tasmania CEO, Mr Mat Rowell, married his male partner in New Zealand in 2015 after 17 years together. Mr Rowell said that the respect and inclusion of all LGBTIQ people depended on them having the same rights as other Australians in their relationships.

“I believe that Australia is ready for this momentous change in the way that people in my community are treated. We encourage Australians to vote YES in the postal vote,” Mr Rowell said.

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