Shoalhaven City Council in conjunction with University of Wollongong, has came together to show an exemplary model of how Council works with industry, government, community and education for the benefit of all the people in the Shoalhaven.
To ensure maximum opportunities for funding, infrastructure, job creation and hands on assistance for people in the Shoalhaven, a group of innovative organisations came together to address the challenge of improving and enhancing the wellness of our local community with preventive mental health care. The project would be through the translation of research innovations into applied practice, through the MIND the GaP project.
The project which turned the first sod for the building on Friday, will include a purpose built facility at the University’s Shoalhaven Campus in Nowra and is jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund ($1.229m) and the University of Wollongong ($1.230m). It will form a Mental Health and Wellbeing precinct for researchers and community service providers to collaborate in the development and delivery of new ‘best practice’ mental health care initiatives.
The initiative, led by Shoalhaven City Council and the University of Wollongong is delivered in partnership with Lifeline South Coast, Lifeline Australia Research Foundation, Coordinare, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District, Noah’s Shoalhaven and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.
Council’s Economic Development Manager, Greg Pullen, believes this is a true example of the community working together to bring therapeutic spaces, outreach programs and telehealth to our region. “By harnessing the expertise, resources and skills of a consortium of partners, we can build and deliver innovative research, best quality health care practice and programs to our community."
" This at the same time can generate local employment opportunities in the health and wellbeing industry. It is all about working together for the benefit of the people of the Shoalhaven and proving that an idea can become a reality when like-minded people discuss opportunities and work together for a common outcome.”
“Business Collaboration and Healthand Wellbeing both form key actions within Council’s new 10 year Economic Development Strategy,” Mr Pullen added.