State & territory jurisdictional reports: Activity relating to mental health reform prior to the implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan

10. Expand community-based youth mental health services which are accessible and combine primary health care, mental health and alcohol and other drug services

Page last updated: December 2010

Department of Health and Ageing

  • Under recent COAG announcements, the Australian Government committed to the expansion of youth friendly mental health services. This will include up to 30 new headspace youth-friendly service sites, extra funding for the existing 30 headspace sites, and improvements to telephone and web-based services for young people. This announcement builds on the success of the current headspace program as evidenced by the recent evaluation of the Program which showed most young people reported improvements in the mental health as a result of using the service.
  • Building on the success and knowledge gained through the 'Can Do' initiative the Department is funding APGN until June 2010 to undertake Building on 'Can Do' Grants Program which will enable Division of General Practice to apply for funds to enhance their capacity to develop and sustain delivery of quality mental health and substance use programs and services at a local level.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • Mental Health Community Based Services – family counselling and other localised support services for families impacted by severe mental illness, targets young people aged 16 to 24 years of age.
  • Community Investment Program - aims to improve the responsiveness and integration of local community services to increase participation of vulnerable people in community life. This initiative funds a wide range of projects that promote social connectedness and civic engagement (protective factors known to impact on mental health and well being), intervene early to avoid family crisis, establish positive goals that help avert destructive influences and encourage and assist individuals to achieve their full potential. Projects are listed by state and territory at FaHCSIA's website.
  • Volunteer Grants - this initiative is part of the Australian Government's ongoing commitment to supporting volunteering, and building social inclusion and community participation in Australian communities. Details are available at volunteer grants section of FaHCSIA's website.