Sussan Ley has confirmed that 95 headspace centres across Australia have just two years of funding left before they will be put out to tender by the Turnbull Government.
Sussan Ley confirmed in a statement that the Turnbull Government will only guarantee $200 million of funding for headspace which is due to expire on 30 June 2018.
The Minister is already on the record that headspaces around the country will have to compete with other providers for funding through Primary Health Networks after 2018.
The Minister’s comments are in conflict with the Prime Minister, who said yesterday that:
“Can I say that the Headspace services will continue to receive support. There is about 100 of them now and more will open and they will continue to have the same level of support into the future” - Malcolm Turnbull. Doorstop Sunday June 19, 2016.
The Health Minister’s statements make it very clear that there is no guaranteed support for headspace beyond June 2018, despite what the Prime Minister has said.
Headspace has been evaluated twice and has been found to be a high quality and effective intervention for young people with mental health concerns.
A Shorten Labor Government supports a nationally consistent model to support young people and will provide the certainty needed to ensure young people with mental illness have access to headspace and early psychosis centres across Australia.
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MONDAY, 20 JUNE 2016.
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.