Headspace team needs a GP for completion

HEADSPACE Port Macquarie is searching for a general practitioner to complete its team before doors open on January 29.

While some GPs have put their hand up, the facility needs enough hands to provide a weekly session for its clients.

The Short Street facility will have a holistic approach to caring for the community, incorporating services to address physical, mental, social and substance abuse issues.

About 600 people aged 12-25 are expected to benefit from the new service every year in our region. 

EACH NSW operations manager Jenny Sinclair gave the example of a physical health problem such as obesity, which may stem from deeper issues such as depression or anxiety.

Mrs Sinclair said a GP would provide physical examinations as a starting point to potentially uncovering mental health issues. The facility's service manager David Allan said doctors could work on rotation, as long as one was available at least once a week to provide the service.

Social inclusion is an important element of mental health and Headspace can help get those disconnected back into the community.

"If you're not connected with the community, how are you going to feel in your own head about that?" Mrs Sinclair asked.

The spacious area has four consulting rooms, a GP room, boardroom and office space for youth workers, allied health professionals and other staff. 

Funky wooden tables, bright green splashes of colour and artwork create a friendly space for young people seeking help and support.

Mr Allan said the organisation would work closely with "a consortium of organisations" including schools, Medicare and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to integrate Headspace into the community.

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