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selectability celebrates opening of the Burdekin's first mental health hub

selectability celebrates opening of the Burdekin's first mental health hub

20 June 2024

Tuesday 18 June marked the official opening of the Burdekin Mental Health Hub, with the community now able to access a range of mental wellbeing services under one roof.

More than 100 locals – including service providers, community members and groups – came together to celebrate the opening and find out what was on offer at the new facility.  

selectability Chief Executive Officer, Debra Burden said the Mental Health Hub provided a central location for those across the region to connect to vital support.

“We are committed to ensuring all regional Queenslanders have access to high-quality mental health services locally,” Debra said.

“Before developing our plans to refurbish the disused Caledonian Hall we carried out extensive community consultation to understand the service gaps.

“This included a community survey which found 93 per cent of respondents believed there was a need for a dedicated mental wellbeing facility in the region.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to partner with the Community Infrastructure Investment Partnership Program, which supported the project with an $808,000 grant, to address this unmet need.”

Guests were given a tour of the hub and an insight into the services now available to the region … local community radio station Sweet FM,even treated attendees to a live broadcast throughout the event!

Gudja Elder Uncle Eddie Smallwood conducted a Smoking Ceremony, while his sister Professor Gracelyn Smallwood delivered the Welcome to Country.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor, Pierina Dalle Cort spoke at the event, supporting selectability’s expansion to the region.

Newly appointed Burdekin Regional Coordinator, Bryn Hicks, said the Mental Health Hub would bring huge benefit to the community.

“Initially scheduled to open last October, the project faced delays due to construction and weather challenges,” Bryn said

“However, despite these setbacks, we’re excited to finally open our doors and provide services for the Burdekin community. 

“I am looking forward to working with groups and individuals across the region to improve mental wellbeing and prevent suicide in the Burdekin.

“Our team specialises in delivering one-on-one and group support through the NDIS and other funded mental wellbeing programs.

“We also provide free services to carers through the Federal Government’s Carer Gateway. part of the Carer Gateway.

 “You don’t need an appointment or referral, just drop in to see the team at 182 Edward St, Ayr (the former Caledonian Hall).”

For more information about our services in the Burdekin, you can visit our page here

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selectability acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we provide services and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge those with lived experience and those who support and partner with us to improve mental wellbeing and prevent suicide across regional Queensland.

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