St John of God Health Care to run new adult mental health centre

WA Primary Health Alliance has confirmed St John of God Social Outreach, part of St John of God Health Care, as the lead agency to establish and operate the new Midland Head to Health adult mental health centre.

Expected to open early 2022, the centre will offer free advice, support and, if needed, assessment and treatment for people with stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.

The service design has been shaped by strong engagement with people with lived experience such as consumers, family and carers, local health professionals, service providers, local government and the wider community.

WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington, said: “We are confident the comprehensive consultation and co-design processes undertaken by St John of God Social Outreach earlier this year and the generous knowledge shared by local stakeholders will result in a great service for the people of Midland and surrounding communities.”

The centre will be located close to public transport links and St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals’ Emergency Department, with the site to be revealed on completion of local government approvals.

St John of God Social Outreach CEO, Susan Cantwell, said: “The engagement and support we have received from local service providers, clinicians, advocacy and community groups, consumers and support persons throughout the co-design process has been outstanding and confirmed how much the Midland and surrounding communities will benefit from this new service. As a proud provider of health care services in the area, we are looking forward to opening this important new service.

Next steps will be to finalise leasing agreements, fit out the building, and recruit a suitably qualified workforce.

Federal Member for Hasluck, Hon Ken Wyatt AM, said: As we navigate through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic we are discovering an increase in the prevalence of mental health issues.”

“Our mental health is so important, and it is just as important to check in on those around you. Often a friendly conversation can make a world of difference, and we want to make sure that those seeking support have access to it.

“I welcome the investment from the Morrison Government in providing support for Hasluck residents on this important issue. I look forward seeing the positive difference the St John of God Social Outreach will make to our community.”

The Australian Government Budget 2021-22 committed to further Head to Health adult mental health centres being established nationally.

The expectation is some of these additional centres will be located in Western Australia, meaning more communities will benefit from this essential mental health initiative.

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