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A one-stop hub to provide a holistic support service for young people, similar to the national Headspace model, could be established in Port Lincoln, South Australia (SA).
Two local organisations, West Coast Youth and Community Support and Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Services, are in the early stages of exploring the possibility of a shared service delivery model to support young people in Port Lincoln and surrounding regions in the areas of health, social and emotional wellbeing and drug and alcohol use and education.
West Coast Youth and Community Service provides a youth-focussed counsellor as part of its range of services and the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service has a drug and alcohol, and social and emotional wellbeing program on offer, along with many other primary health services, but both services can see the benefits of working together.
West Coast Youth and Community Support Chief Executive Officer, Jo Clark, said both services believed offering skilled therapeutic support and health services combined with the unique skills of a youth worker would support young people to link back into the community.
They expect the concept would incorporate clinical services from Medicare Local and Country Health SA.
Port Lincoln City Councillor, Travis Rogers, said while the city offered many social services supporting people with general and mental health, counselling, education, employment, and alcohol and other drug services, he thought there were opportunities for organisations and agencies to deliver services more efficiently though shared service agreements and collaboration.
Mr Rogers said young people were most likely to talk to friends or family members as their first step in seeking help and these people were often also unsure about what support was available. 'Utilising our community's current services and strengths by establishing a 'one-stop hub' that is accessible for young people between 12 and 24 would be the best way in tackling the issues around accessibility and appropriate health and social services.'
Source: Port Lincoln Times