28 March 2018

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and Capital Health Network, ACT primary’s health network, today announced Marathon Health as the new Lead Agency for headspace Canberra to provide early intervention mental health services to young people aged 12 to 25 in the ACT.  Headspace Canberra, funded through the ACT PHN Programme, is designed to make it as easy as possible for young people to access the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.  

Senator Zed Seselja welcomed the new Lead Agency, which will continue to help young people access support services.

Young people with mental health issues on both the south and north side of the ACT deserve access to services designed to assist them. This holistic headspace support will continue to support young Canberrans in the four core areas of mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services,” said Senator Seselja.

Capital Health Network (CHN) Chief Executive Gaylene Coulton saidYoung Minds Matter, the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents Survey, showed that there are 8,300 young Canberrans (12 – 17 year olds) who have a mental health issue.

“This large national survey examining the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children has shown the need for support for young Canberrans with mental health issues.  To continue to address this local need, Marathon Health will commence as the Lead Agency for headspace Canberra from 1 July 2018 and will build on the models of delivery currently being offered at headspace Canberra. To ensure easy access to headspace services Marathon Health will be seeking to establish new centrally located premises in the near future,” said Ms Coulton, CHN Chief Executive.

Capital Health Network as the ACT PHN, and South Eastern NSW PHN have selected Marathon Health as the Lead Agency for headspace Canberra and headspace Queanbeyan service in a joint open tender process.  Marathon Health is a profit-for-purpose organisation and registered health promotion charity with demonstrated success in delivery of headspace services in regional NSW with centres at Dubbo, Bathurst and Orange. 

“Our PHN Mental Health team will work with Marathon Health and headspace to ensure a smooth transition of services for young people currently accessing headspace Canberra,” said Ms Coulton.

headspace Canberra is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the PHN Programme.