New $845,000 program opens in Caboolture

Published 8:00am 24 July 2021

New $845,000 program opens in Caboolture
Words by Nick Crockford

A new headspace program will assist young people in the Federal electorate of Longman experiencing mental illness to join the workforce.

Member for Longman Terry Young said the Caboolture headspace site would run the Individual Placement and Support Program to address barriers preventing people with mental illness from finding and keeping a job.

“The Morrison Government will invest in this program to boost local mental health and employment services in the local community,” said Mr Young, pictured with Caboolture headspace centre manager Myf Pitcher.

“By integrating educational and workforce support with clinical mental health services, we can help our young people secure employment opportunities.

Hand-in-hand

“Mental illness should not be a barrier to pursuing a fulfilling career and the Individual Placement and Support Program will ensure young people have access to the tailored support they need to thrive in any workplace.”

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the onset of mental illness in young people can significantly affect their ability to transition from study to work.

“This investment will provide local career assistance hand-in-hand with clinical support to help young people with mental illness enter the workforce and reach their full potential,” Minister Ruston said.

July start

The Federal Government will invest $845,000 in Caboolture headspace to locally deliver the initiative over four years. It is expected to be operational by the end of this month.

Caboolture headspace is one of 26 new sites across Australia to deliver the program, in addition to 24 existing locations.

Nationally, the Individual Placement and Support Program will allow more than 6,000 Australians under the age of 25 experiencing mental illness to access a range of specialist vocational and employment support services.

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