AFTER almost 10 years of helping young people in Bathurst, headspace will soon move in with parent company Marathon Health to a new location.
The two services will occupy a 1000 square metre site on Keppel Street left vacant when Spotlight moved to Kelso in February, 2016.
The $1.5 million redevelopment of the expansive vacant shop has already commenced to create a purpose-built facility for the two health services.
headspace offers a range of mental and physical health services, as well as study and drug services, to young people aged 12 to 25 years old.
Child and adolescent mental health manager for headspace Peter Rohr said the new location will be more convenient than its current Havannah Street location for young people to seek assistance.
“When we moved from George Street to Havannah Street around five years ago we noticed a drop off in foot traffic,” he said.
“The [new] headspace Bathurst centre will have access to bigger and more innovative facilities including a green space for young people to come and enjoy.
Mr Rohr said an average of 40 new people seek assistance from headspace each month, with the service providing around 5000 face-to-face appointments each year.
Marathon Health has 50 staff in Bathurst and chief executive officer Stephen Jackson said five of its offices spread across the city will be moved into the new centre once it opens in September.
“The opportunity to work together and share services and get that synergy is important,” he said.
“We look forward to our services becoming synonymous with community healthcare.”
The Indigenous Chronic Disease Kelso Clinic will remain at its Bonner Street location.
- Mental and physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services for 12-25 year olds.
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