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headspace Sale Opens its Doors to the Wellington Community

Relationships Australia Victoria
4:31pm Tuesday, 27 October 2020


Media Release: headspace Sale Opens its Doors to the Wellington Community

27 October 2020

headspace Sale is excited to have opened the doors at 453 Raymond Street, Sale. The new service will offer young people the opportunity to make an appointment to see a clinician on-site from Tuesday 27 October.

The new headspace site is operated by Relationships Australia Victoria with support from contract manager, Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) and a consortium of 11 local service providers. It began delivering online and telephone services on 15 July 2020, and has been enthusiastically received by local young people, community members, and educators alike, many of whom had strongly advocated for the establishment of a headspace in Sale.

Manager headspace Sale, Amanda Exley said, in its first few months of service delivery, headspace Sale had already responded to a variety of enquiries about what the service could offer, accepted referrals and was supporting young people in the online environment. The headspace team is also engaging with local service providers who will support young people as part of the headspace model.

“We’ve been well supported by the Wellington community and our broader Consortium partners,” Ms Exley said. “We’re so pleased to be able to open our physical doors now and to provide young people with even more support options face-to-face in our brand-new site, particularly during this challenging time of COVID-19”.

“We’re prioritising safety during this time, so to ensure that COVID-19 physical distancing requirements are met, we ask all young people, family and friends, and visitors to call and make a time to visit.  Details of an official launch will be provided in the coming weeks.”

2019/20 Wellington Shire Youth Councillor, Chloe, is “excited” for headspace to finally open its doors in Sale, adding that Sale has needed a headspace service for young people,” “headspace has been working with the Wellington Shire Youth Council for over eight months to work through ideas for the new site to make it accessible for all and we can’t believe it is now finished!” Chloe said. “This headspace will be used to its full potential by the young people of our shire.”

Relationships Australia Victoria CEO, Andrew Bickerdike said, “This is such an important service at such an important time. Together with our consortium partners we are looking forward to opening our doors to support young people in the Wellington Shire.”

Gippsland Primary Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, said the coronavirus pandemic had created an anxious and uncertain time for everyone, especially young people.

“Support is vital and we know our young people in Wellington have been reaching out to headspace online and by telephone,” Ms Proposch said. “Opening up for face-to-face support provides another option of accessibility to the younger members of our community who may need this important service”.

“headspace Sale is an example of collaboration at its best for the benefit of those in our community who need it most”.
headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said the opening of headspace Sale was important to offer young people more avenues of support.

“We know many young people are experiencing a pretty tough time at the moment, and it’s great that headspace Sale can now provide more support to young people across the region, both in person at headspace Sale and via phone and online services,” said Mr Trethowan. 

headspace Sale operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10am to 6pm and can be contacted by emailing info@headspacesale.org.au or calling (03) 5184 5000.

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Gippsland PHN is part of a national network of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia. Primary Health Networks are predominantly funded by the Australian Government to tackle identified national objectives and priority areas. Visit: gphn.org.au

Media Contact: Jo Huggins, Senior Manager Gippsland. Ph: 0448 558 708

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