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headspace Onkaparinga unveils renovated centre

headspace Onkaparinga unveils renovated centre

On Wednesday 17 April 2024, headspace Onkaparinga hosted a relaunch event to celebrate the completion of extensive renovations at the centre.

Thanks to funding from the Department of Health, administered by Adelaide PHN, the centre underwent a significant transformation, elevating the quality of space to match the exceptional care provided.

The refurbishment, co-designed with input from the headspace Onkaparinga Youth Reference Group, includes expanded office and staff areas, additional consult rooms, and enhanced common areas. These improvements create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for each individual seeking support.

Steve Wright, Youth Services Executive Manager at headspace Onkaparinga, expressed his enthusiasm about the refurbishment, stating, “We are thrilled to unveil the newly renovated space at headspace Onkaparinga, a reflection of our unwavering commitment to providing high-quality services tailored to the needs of young people in the Southern community.”

The official relaunch event was a resounding success, commencing with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony delivered by Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri Elder, Uncle Moogy Sumner. As the afternoon unfolded, guests were treated to a range of inspiring speeches, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music performances by Katie Aspel, engaging activities, and guided tours of the renovated centre.

headspace Onkaparinga’s Youth Reference Group played an integral role in bringing the event to life, with Youth Reference Group member, Sarah sharing the role of MC alongside Jarrod Walsh.

The event also featured addresses from distinguished speakers, including:

  • Amanda Rishworth MP, Minister for Social Services
  • Chris Picton MP, Minister for Health and Wellbeing
  • Jason Threthowan, CEO, headspace
  • Sageran Naidoo, CEO, Sonder, Lead Agency for headspace Onkaparinga

With over 50 people in attendance including young people, consortium members, partners, stakeholders and staff, the relaunch event served as a joyous celebration of a significant milestone in headspace Onkaparinga’s journey and its enduring commitment to providing vital support to young people in Adelaide’s south.

For more information about headspace Onkaparinga and its services, visit headspace.org.au/onkaparinga.

Young people can be referred to the service by a GP, or they can directly access services by completing the online referral form, available at headspace.org.au/onkaparinga, contacting headspace Onkaparinga at (08) 8186 8600 or by visiting the centre in-person.