Supporting the delivery of mental health services

We met with headspace CEO, Jason Trethowan, to learn about their work with young Australians using digital tools and resources.

Agency CEO Tim Kelsey, headspace CEO Jason Trethowan and Chief Medical Adviser and Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham

The way that My Health Record can support mental health services was discussed in a recent visit with Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan, Agency CEO Tim Kelsey and Chief Medical Adviser and Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham.

Mr Kelsey and Prof Makeham learned about headspace and its work supporting young Australians with digital tools and resources.

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention and mental health services to 12-25 year olds via Headspace centres and digital services. The services including eheadspace (an online counselling service), telehealth services for young people in regional and rural areas, and a comprehensive website.

Headspace has provided over 1.5 million services (via the centres, online tools and phone services) and helped 255,000 young people.

“A better connected system is a higher quality system. There are great opportunities ahead for mental health and digital health,” Mr Trethowan said.

On the same visit Prof Makeham and Mr Kelsey met with local healthcare providers to discuss the digital health landscape and the progress of My Health Record in southwest Victoria.