headspace Cannington is one step closer to opening its doors later this year after Arche Health was awarded the contract to establish and operate the centre.
WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), the operator of the Perth South Primary Health Network, awarded the contract to Arche Health, following a competitive and rigorous open tender process.
WA Primary Health Alliance General Manager Commissioned Services, Mark Cockayne, said headspace Cannington will build on the existing youth support services available in the area, and Arche Health is well placed to achieve this given their strong local networks throughout the south metropolitan area and experience operating headspace Armadale.
“We are seeing more pressures on young people than ever before, especially with COVID-19, and services like headspace offer them a safe, inclusive and welcoming place to go when they need support. I’m sure this new service will be embraced by the local community.
“Arche Health have begun working closely with local service providers and the community to ensure headspace Cannington complements the existing strong local investment in the health and wellbeing of young people in the Cannington and broader south east metropolitan area,” Mr Cockayne said.
Arche Health CEO, Sujeewe Gamagedera, said with the significant impact of COVID-19 and local bushfires on our youth, there has never been a more opportune time to introduce youth focused mental health support to the south eastern region.
“We are excited for the opportunity to establish and run headspace Cannington. We have identified some potential sites for the new centre and the suitability of one has been reinforced through positive feedback received in a recent survey sent out to young people in the area.
“Arche Health is currently garnering interest from local young people in joining the headspace Cannington Youth Reference Group. Once services commence, a family and friends group will be established to further support the young people accessing the centre,” Mr Gamagedera said.
The service will support local young people with their mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs issues, and work and study.
Young people aged 12 to 25 can contact headspace Cannington directly or be referred by their GP or mental health professional.
This activity has been made possible through funding provided by the Australian Government under the PHN Program.
Find out more about our work in mental health https://www.wapha.org.au/about-us/our-priorities/mental-health/