Malcolm Turnbull today opened a new headspace in Bondi while his government is refusing to offer funding certainty for existing headspace centres beyond 2018.
Under Turnbull’s Liberals, headspace has been given a two-year shelf life and told they will not be guaranteed funding beyond 2018.
Over the past 10 years, headspace has helped more than 225,000 young people with mental illness and provided more than 1.5 million occasions of service either through face-to-face consultations or via telephone and online services.
In April, the Minister for Health informed all headspace centres beyond 2018 Primary Health Networks would be required to tender for services currently provided by headspace.
This decision by the Turnbull Government puts the internationally renowned national youth mental health model at risk.
The Prime Minister and the Health Minister have questions to answer:
1. Can the Prime Minister guarantee Bondi headspace will be open in 2018 after it is put out to tender
2. Why does the Turnbull Government want to dismantle a world best practice model for young people with a mental illness?
Labor strongly supports the headspace model and a Shorten Labor Government will provide the funding certainty needed to ensure headspace centres remain open in the more than 95 locations across the country where they have been established.
Labor has also committed to keeping the early psychosis program in place and will ensure that youth mental health services remain a national priority.
Senator Katy Gallagher is Labor's Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and the Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations.