31 October 2023


Residents of Hawkesbury and surrounds now have permanent access to free quality adult mental health supports with the opening of Hawkesbury Head to Health.

This service offers a safe and welcoming place for adults to access mental health information, services and support. Services are delivered by multidisciplinary teams over extended hours, without needing an appointment, GP referral or paying a fee.   

Hawkesbury Head to Health can provide care for people in distress, and short to medium term care for people with moderate to severe mental health needs.

Hawkesbury Head to Health replaces the temporary Head to Health pop-up clinic initially established in Richmond in 2021 in response to the COVID pandemic.

The Australian Government is providing funding of $3.4 million over 4 years from 2022-23 to Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network to commission this new service.

All Australians can also make a free call to Head to Health on 1800 595 212 to talk to a trained professional and connect with the support that best meets their needs. Read more information about Head to Health.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister Emma McBride:

“The new Head to Health service in Hawkesbury will allow adults to receive important mental health and wellbeing support regardless of their finances.

“Having a safe place to address mental health needs is a key to having a strong and healthy community.

“Mental health is as important as physical health. The Government is committed to ensuring Australians can obtain the mental health support they need, wherever they live.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman:

“The Hawkesbury community has been waiting for a long time for better access to mental health, and this free service provides a way to seek help faster and closer to home.

“This is a significant addition to the supports for our community, ensuring everyone can access quality care, including on Saturdays and Thursday evenings, without being out of pocket.

“People in the Hawkesbury now have a place to reach out for help, before they reach crisis point.”