McGowan Government moves on Peel youth health hub promise

Health minister Roger Cook has told state parliament half of the $5 million Labor promised to help build a youth health hub in Mandurah has already been handed over.

Mr Cook said $2.5 million had been paid to GP down south on June 30 to begin design and construction work on the integrated health hub for at-risk youth in the region.

“The government went to the election with the pledge that we would put patients first in the Peel region and today we are delivering on that commitment,” he said.

“The funds will be used to progress preliminary designs, site works and construction.

“The remaining grant funding will be released over the next two financial periods as the project progresses.”

Mr Cook said he expected the facility to be operational by January, 2019.

The funding commitment was made by Labor during the recent state election.

During the 2016 federal election the Turnbull Liberal government promised $2 million for the project.

“The new Peel Youth Medical Service’s health hub will provide mental health, homelessness, sexual health, counselling and domestic violence assistance services to the young people of the Peel region,” Mr Cook told parliament.

“The facility will provide care for young people experiencing depression, anxiety and other health issues.

“As a government, we recognise there is significant need to increase the health services for young people, particularly the future generations when they are coming in danger of health risks.”

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by calling Kids Helpline 1800 551 800, Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 22 46 36.

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