The services provided to young people by headspace centres in Australia

Debra RICKWOOD, Nic Telford, Kelly Mazzer, Alexandra Parker, Chris Tanti, Patrick McGorry

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Abstract

Objectives: To describe the services provided to young people aged 12–25 years who attend headspace centres across Australia, and how these services are being delivered.

Design: A census of headspace clients commencing an episode of care between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.

Participants: All young people first attending one of the 55 fully established headspace centres during the data collection period (33 038 young people).

Main outcome measures: Main reason for presentation, wait time, service type, service provider type, funding stream.

Results: Most young people presented for mental health problems and situational problems (such as bullying or relationship problems); most of those who presented for other problems also received mental health care services as needed. Wait time for the first appointment was 2 weeks or less for 80.1% of clients; only 5.3% waited for more than 4 weeks. The main services provided were a mixture of intake and assessment and mental health care, provided mainly by psychologists, intake workers and allied mental health workers. These were generally funded by the headspace grant and the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Conclusions: headspace centres are providing direct and indirect access to mental health care for young people
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-536
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume202
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Mental Health
Appointments and Schedules
Episode of Care
Delivery of Health Care
Bullying
Health Services Accessibility
Organized Financing
Mental Health Services
Censuses
Medicare
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Psychology

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RICKWOOD, Debra ; Telford, Nic ; Mazzer, Kelly ; Parker, Alexandra ; Tanti, Chris ; McGorry, Patrick. / The services provided to young people by headspace centres in Australia. In: Medical Journal of Australia. 2015 ; Vol. 202, No. 10. pp. 533-536.
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The services provided to young people by headspace centres in Australia. / RICKWOOD, Debra; Telford, Nic; Mazzer, Kelly; Parker, Alexandra; Tanti, Chris; McGorry, Patrick.

In: Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 202, No. 10, 2015, p. 533-536.

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