26 September 2019

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is seeking to appoint a lead agency to operate headspace services in Melton. The tender is now open and closes at 5:00pm on 25 October 2019.

All interested parties are invited to a tender briefing that will be held on Friday, 4 October from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the Melton Library, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton.

Tenderlink is the web-based procurement system used by NWMPHN to support a transparent and accountable process. To view the tender documents on the Tenderlink portal and apply, please visit our website and click through to our Tenderlink page. If you are not registered with Tenderlink, click the ‘registration’ tab at top to create an account.

All communications and enquiries must only be directed in writing through our Tenderlink Portal or by email to tenders@nwmphn.org.au

headspace services for Melton

Adolescence and young adulthood are a peak period for the onset of many types of mental illness. Over 75 per cent of all serious mental health problems commence before the age of 25 years. Much of the disability associated with mental disorders develops in the early years following the onset of an illness. This period represents a critical period for intervention. Early, effective intervention during adolescence and young adulthood is essential to reduce the risk of ongoing impairment or disability associated with mental health and related substance use disorders.

Only one in four young persons with mental health problems receives professional help. Even among young people with the most severe mental health problems, only 50% receive professional help and fewer still receive optimal evidence-based care.

headspace is designed to be easily accessible for a young person and their family to receive support for issues affecting their wellbeing. This covers mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

The headspace model focuses on building the capacity of local communities and agencies to identify early, and provide effective responses to, young people aged 12-25 with mental health issues. headspace services are established through a collaborative process that actively engages key local agencies to ensure a locally integrated, holistic approach to service delivery with the consortium playing an important role in ensuring the specific needs of community are met and the headspace service is integrated into the local service system and networks.

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