I am excited to announce that the tender to find a suitable lead agency to partner with us to establish and run the Penrith Adult Mental Health Centre, is now open!
The Federal Government is investing $14 million into this walk-in centre, which is due to open by December 2021, as part of its 2019-20 Prioritising Mental Health budget measure.
The centre is one of eight being trialled across the country over next five years, with one located in each state and territory. The Primary Health Network has been tasked with delivering the centres which will provide support, without the need of a prior appointment, to individuals experiencing distress or crisis.
A crucial element of this tender, is the requirement that the chosen organisation work with us and the community in the planning and co-design co-design of the service to ensure it meets our local needs, while still aligning to the Federal Government's Adult Mental Health Centre Service Model. People with lived experience, their carers and families, will be key to the design of this innovative new service to ensure that the model is tailored to suit our region.
Our intention is that this centre will be a safe, friendly and welcoming hub for individuals experiencing emotional or psychological distress and for the loved ones and carers who support them.
The Request for Proposal will close on Friday 23 April at 3pm
. All tender responses must be submitted via Tenderlink.
We believe that community and health industry consultation is very important to the design of this centre and there will be opportunity for people to provide input in the coming months. You can register your interest in being involved in the consultation process through HealthHub, our consultation platform.
Today, I would also like to acknowledge the challenging times we are facing in Hawkesbury and Penrith as a result of current flooding. This on top of the already difficult past year, and before that drought and bushfires, means that our community must once again rally together to support each other. It makes a service like the Adult Mental Health Cente that much more important.
Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh and Wentworth Healthcare CEO, Lizz Reay discuss the next steps of the Penrith Mental Health Centre.