Western NSW Primary Health Network provides extra support to rural youth mental health

Extra support given to rural youth mental health

Rural Youth are set to receive extra support for mental health due to a funding boost from Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN).

A new variation to the WNSW PHN's Rural Youth Mental Health Service contract would see services delivered through the Benevolent Society expand in a number of locations across Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin, Cowra, Coonabarabran, Walgett, Gilgandra, Cobar, Nyngan, and Narromine.

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The boost would also bring a new service to Mudgee, which currently has limited mental health service provision for rural youth.

WNSW PHN acting CEO, Robert Strickland, said the funding would allow RYMH to deliver positive outcomes for more of the region's youth.

"RYMH has proven to be a service that is providing a high-quality, evidence-based services to young people in rural and remote communities, working well with schools and other service providers in those regions," he said.

"The need for services in the small towns has been identified as a key priority and the RYMH service is part of our response to that challenge."

Mr Strickland said the funding would also allow increased in service availability in Parkes, Forbes and Cowra, which are areas where the demand exceeds the capacity of the current service model, as well as enabling the provision of outreach services across the Cobar, Nyngan and Narromine area without impacting negatively on current wait times.

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