Health agencies vying to run a new mental health centre in Mildura will need to submit their business plans early next year.
Headspace is working through expressions of interest from health providers hoping to host the Mallee’s first youth centre.
It will assess the profile of the agencies, their operational capacity and let the groups know of their success before Christmas.
“Any prospective lead agency has to pull together a consortium or a group of local agencies that need a consortium requirement for the centre,” he said.
“So for example, whoever leads the centre will on their consortium … have to have a mental health service, a primary care service, a vocational service and a drug and alcohol service.”
He says remote communities respond well to the services when they open.
“At any given time, somewhere between 20 to 25 per cent of … people have some kind of health/mental health issue that would benefit from an easy to access early intervention service and we’ve seen that come through with 55 centres that are operating,” he said.
“The take-up of these centres is pretty much immediate.”
This article first appeared on ABC Online on 7 November, 2013.