SWAN Hill’s youth mental health service providers are set to be boosted by the arrival of a new co-ordinating agency within the municipality.
Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local (LMMML) chief executive officer Matt Jones told The Guardian his organisation’s first project in Swan Hill had a very clear objective.
“The end game is increased youth mental health service being provided,” he said.
“The shape of that structure of this program will help decide how the service will look, but the program will need input from organisations and the community to develop a solution that will address specific needs.”
Mr Jones said the new project, spearheaded by LMMML project worker Ian Johansen, would look at developing a joint strategic plan between the different youth and mental health agencies in Swan Hill.
“There is a gap in terms of a range of different organisations working together,” he said.
For more on this story, see Monday’s edition of The Guardian (17.12.12).
MAKING PLANS: Ian Johansen will spend the next six months liasing with local youth agencies to develop a strategic plan to address the current state of youth mental health in Swan Hill.
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