Flying headspace to deliver mental health services to remote SA

Flying headspace to deliver mental health services to remote SA

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Mental health organisation Headspace and the Royal Flying Doctor Service will deliver services to remote SA communities after the federal government invested $600,000 to fund an innovative flying model based at Port Augusta.

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Mental health organisation Headspace and the Royal Flying Doctor Service will deliver services to remote SA communities after the federal government invested $600,000 to fund an innovative flying model based at Port Augusta.

In a bid to provide young people in the outback with mental health support, the new service will deliver help at Maree and Oodnadatta clinic sites.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was very pleased to announce the federal funding.

"The demand for mental health services does not cease when you leave a built up area and how we deliver the best services possible to remote areas is a challenge," he said.

"However, what we do know is that the RFDS has been the pre-emminent provider of travelling remote health services for 90 years. It stands to reason that we should turn to them to extend mental health care services.

"With the budget providing $111 million for additional headspace units I am lobbying hard for sites at Port Pirie and the Copper Coast."

RFDS Port Augusta Base acting primary care manager Mandy Smallacombe said the RFDS existed to provide care to support healthy, happier Australians.

"We identified an outstanding gap in specialist support for adolescent and young people, which working in partnership with Country SA Primary Heath Network and Headspace we can now help to address in these communities," she said.

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