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Changes to headspace funding following National Mental Health Reforms

01 Jul 2017

As a result of the national mental health reforms that came into effect from 1 July 2016, funding directed to the headspace platform changed.

Prior to 1 July 2016, headspace National held the role of funder and commissioner of the network of headspace centres. This role and the associated funding (approx. $137m) was transferred to the 31 Primary Health Networks as of 1 July 2016. 

While the role of funder and commissioner was redirected away from headspace National, we continued to support the headspace centre network and took on a new role focused on supporting the PHNs to commission youth mental health services.

We are funded to provide the following support to PHNs and centres:   

  • Establishment of new centres or services on the headspace platform
  • Workforce training
  • Youth participation
  • Culturally inclusive services
  • Brand and community awareness
  • Research and evaluation
  • Clinical practice
  • Data management
  • Maintaining the headspace Model Integrity Framework (hMIF)

In addition, headspace National receives funding to operate key national programs and services including:

  • eheadspace (online and telephone counselling support)
  • headspace in Schools (including as a service delivery partner for the Be You program)
  • Digital Work and Study Service