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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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29 Were ready to rock! says Community Liaison Officer, Peter Bourke. The hCA one-stop shop model is an holistic approach to creating a youth-friendly environment where a whole range of services that impact on our lives are availableand free! We have doctors, sexual reproductive health services, generic and alcohol & other drug (AOD) specific counselling, an Aboriginal mental health worker, Centrelink information, ASYASSemergency relief/ accommodation support, and were looking to establish further links in the vocation and education training sector. headspace is an initiative and service that really makes sense. We know that early intervention works, and we know that mental and substance abuse disorders are the most serious health problems affecting young people todayso much so that nationally one in four will experience one or both in any one year. Statistics show that depression is set to become the second biggest burden of disease and death worldwide by 2020 (currently its 4th), and that these issues are not experienced in isolation from most other aspects of our lives. In fact, you cant have good health without good mental health. The new team hCA would like to welcome on board Jennifer Croaker (Clinic Coordinator), Ash Whelan (Intake & Assessment) and Judith headspace Central Australia is no w open! For any further enquiries or just to share some great ideas please feel free to call Peter Bourke Community Liaison Officer on 8958 4542 or 0488 579 582 or email peter.bourke@caac.org.au The new Headspace team - Michael, Ash, Jennifer, Judith and Peter Were ready to rock! by Community Liaison Officer, Peter Bourke headspace Central Australia (hCA) is open!!! After a great deal of preparation and community excitement, hCA opened its doors on 10 November 2008. Taylor (Training & Intake & Assessment). We are sad to see Barbara Weis moving on as managershe has done a tireless and exceptional job getting headspace operational and she will be sadly missed. Good fortune has prevailed, however, and we are very fortunate to welcome Michael Cody as the new managerwhat a team!! Were also waiting on an Aboriginal Mental Health Worker to fill-out the new crew. Youth Advisory Group From the very beginning we are ensuring that young people play an active role in shaping the delivery and look of hCA services. We have had a huge response from local young people to the Youth Advisory Group which will assist us in getting it right & relevant. YAG will also help us to explore the issues of mental health and mental illness in the community and develop activities and forums that are youth-developed and youth-runwhich will hopefully ensure its cool! Im really excited about this dynamic crew! Training Thank you to MHACA who helped to organise three headspace Train the Trainer workshops in recent months (see Ritas update page 18). Now that we are fully staffed, the Training Coordinator roll will be taken on by Judith Taylor. We look forward to rolling out the training to the community in 2009 which is relevant to all those who work with young people at risk. Walk right in ... Young people, their families and carers can walk in anytime for help with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues or can make an appointment on 8958 4544 While times for accessing services are still being finalised young people can see a doctor Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and counsellor on Wednesday afternoons. Check out the headspace website for session times & lots of great resources www.headspace.org. aucentralaustralia