We will be working with young people and their families, community members, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, local service providers, Elders, schools, local government, headspace National and the Western NSW Primary Health Network to design a fit for purpose youth outreach service.Your feedback will shape the service delivered.
The Youth Outreach Project will be available in Coonamble, Gulargambone, Warren, Collarenebri, Condobolin, Brewarrina, Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Walgett and Nyngan. It’s expected to be in operation by 2024.
This project has been broken down into four phases:
- Engagement (current stage) – We’re currently out in the community meeting with service providers, Elders, health organisations, schools, young people and their families to introduce the project and find out who wants to be involved in the co-design process.
- Trainee recruitment and education – Within this phase we aim to recruit 30 First Nations peoples from the target communities, as part of a 12-month traineeship program. Learners will be hosted in health services across the communities and employed by Marathon Health.
- Co-design process – The co-design process will be driven by an external agency who will lead workshops focused on an outreach service that young people will engage with and trust. The workshops will ultimately lead to the project service model, program logic and evaluation framework.
- Implementation and service delivery – The final piece of the puzzle will be the launch of the service within the ten communities. Trainees from phase two will have completed their training and are ready and able to deliver the project in their local community.
We would love to hear your feedback! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1300 402 585 and we’ll chat about how you can best get involved.
This is a brand-new initiative and it’s important we get it right. That’s why community feedback and involvement is essential to designing the service, and together we can ensure young people get the support they need and want.
As identified in the phases above, there is also a large training component attached to that program and it takes time for the trainees to complete their studies.
Firstly, reach out to your local GP. Together you can discuss a range of support options that work for you.
You can also access free mental health coaching, through our Strong Minds Western program (you will need a Mental Health Treatment Plan through your GP).
Services are also available for young people aged 12-25 via headspace’s online and phone support.
Other support options include:
- The Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- Beyond Blue
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Mental Health Access Line – 1800 011 511
If a life is in danger, call triple zero or present to your nearest emergency department.
This service supported by funding through the Western NSW PHN as part of the Australian Government’s PHN program.
Page last updated: 20 November 2023