headspace
Penrith

20171009 091554

Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

About

Overview

COVID -19 update: The health & wellbeing of young people and their families is our top priority. We are currently offering telehealth services where possible and are still open if you need to walk in to our service. Please contact us by phone or email for more information.

headspace  Penrith provides free information, support and services to young people, aged 12 - 25, and their families and friends. We can help with mental health, general health, alcohol and other drug services as well as work support. We also offer the headspace Early Psychosis program. 

To find out more about our programs, service criteria and how to make a referral please download our  Service Information Kit  .

 

 

Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace Penrith is operated by Uniting NSW.ACT. All headspace services are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Administration of funding is carried out by the headspace centre’s local Primary Health Network, in this case, Nepean Blue Mountains (Wentworth Healthcare Ltd).

Services

Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.

Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services. 

Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with work or study opportunities. 

A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.

GPs can help with any physical health issues as well as issues related to sexual health, drug or alcohol use, relationship problems or feeling down or upset. Your centre may have a GP on site or links to one locally. 

Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug concern.

A headspace early intervention program to improve the lives of young people, and their families, who are affected by psychosis.

Centres have a range of programs and activities for young people. Just ask your centre what they have on. 

“As soon as I sought help, I suddenly realised that my anxiety was very treatable and that I wasn’t alone.”
- Charlie

Jobs and volunteering

Positions currently available at headspace Penrith

headspace Penrith is recruiting to its very first Family and Friends Advisory Committee! If you have a lived experience of supporting a young person on their recovery journey, we are looking for people just like you.

The Family and Friends advisory committee is a group of volunteers that meet bi-monthly to:

• provide feedback on headspace services
• help improve and evaluate headspace services
• discuss barriers to young people in the local area seeking help
• participate in community events
• and much more!

You can find out more by reading the role description then apply by filling out the application form and emailing to veronica.sheanoda@parramattamission.org.au

Salary: Contracted position

Private Practitioner – Psychologist, Occ Therapist, Social Worker - headspace

 

headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation.  Headspace Penrith which is run by Parramatta Mission, has its mission to deliver improvements in the mental health, social well being and economic participation of young Australian aged 12-25 years.  To this end, headspace aims to be the focal point for youth mental health issues across the country. 

  • Flexible Full time or Part time in Penrith
  • 100% of billings + full admin support
  • Valued member of professional multi-disciplinary team

Job Description

Our Private Practitioners complete work in assessment, treatment planning, psychological treatment and referral, and are highly valued members of our team.

The position’s purpose is to provide MBS funded headspace clinical services, ensuring that the clinical activities you deliver are within your relevant professional and individual scope of practice; are evidence-based; are of high quality; and demonstrate a holistic approach to client management.

 

Essential Criteria

  • Genuine interest in providing clinical services to assist some of the most vulnerable members of the community;
  • Highly visible passion and energy that motivates others;
  • Full registration with the relevant body (AHPRA or AASW);
  • Evidence based practice and previous experience in delivering psychological interventions;
  • A flexible and solutions focussed approach to practice with an understanding of the services our consortium members provide;
  • Eligibility to provide services under Medicare and be willing to bulk bill;
  • Have an ABN or be able to obtain one;
  • Relevant Criminal History checks.

To Apply, send your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the above Criteria

 

Benefits

In return you will be rewarded with the most competitive employment conditions in the industry including:

  • 100% of billings;
  • Consulting space and full administrative support which includes reception, billing, appointment confirmations, SMS reminders and room bookings all taken care of for you;
  • A supportive, flexible and autonomous work environment;
  • Ongoing Medicare funded referrals for consumers who have been assessed and are ready to receive services;
  • Opportunity to be a valued member of a multi-disciplinary team.

Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted and must be prepared to undergo a Criminal Check and provide Working with Children Clearance.

Parramatta Mission encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds.

For further information, please contact Kellie Smith, Practice Manager, Primary Care Services on 0409 425 661 or kellie.smith@parramattamission.org.au

For more information contact:

Name: Kellie Smith
Phone: 0409 425 661
Email: kellie.smith@parramattamission.org.au

Salary: Attractive remuneration + salary packaging

Psychologist – Private Practice, headspace – Full time flexible or Part time

 

headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation.  headspace Penrith which is run by Parramatta Mission, aims to deliver improvements in the mental health, social well-being and economic participation of young Australian aged 12-25 years.  To this end, headspace aims to be the focal point for youth mental health issues across the country. 

  • Flexible Full time or Part time in Penrith
  • Opportunity to provide services via Telehealth
  • Valued member of multi-disciplinary team
  • Attractive Remuneration + generous Salary packaging benefits

Job Description

The Psychologist will provide Medicare funded headspace clinical services, ensuring that the clinical activities delivered are within the relevant professional and individual scope of practice as a Psychologist; are evidenced based; are of high quality; and demonstrate a holistic approach to client management.

 

We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced Psychologist to provide youth friendly, psychological strategies under the Medicare Better Access Initiative.  This will include both individual and group intervention.

 

Essential Criteria

  • Fully registered Psychologist with AHPRA.
  • Be eligible to provide services under Medicare.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing services to young people aged 12-25 years of age.
  • Highly developed level of oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with young people and their families, GP’s and other health professionals.
  • Be willing to undertake a Working with Children Check and a separate Criminal History check.

 

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in working in a similar position
  • Experienced with the use of electronic medical records software
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills

 

To Apply send your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the above Criteria

Benefits

  • On-the-job training provided
  • A supportive, flexible and autonomous work environment
  • Opportunity to be a valued member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Opportunity to provide services via Telehealth
  • Attractive Remuneration + generous Salary packaging benefits
  • On-site parking

Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted and must be prepared to undergo a Criminal Check and provide Working with Children Clearance.

Parramatta Mission encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds.

For further information, please contact Kellie Smith, Practice Manager, Primary Care Services on 0409 425 661 or kellie.smith@parramattamission.org.au

For more information contact:

Name: Kellie Smith
Phone: 0409 425 661
Email: kellie.smith@parramattamission.org.au

More information

Your feedback is valuable to us - it lets us know what we are doing well and how we can improve our service.

If you are a young person accessing our service, we would really appreciate your feedback. You can let us know here -

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LZR757R. This survey is confidential and won't have an impact on the service you are currently recieiving.

Supporting a family member or friend? Please tell us what you think about headspace and the service you have received. Your feedback will help us improve the service for others. Find the survey here: https://bit.ly/3hkffSW 

Is headspace Penrith open? 

Answer: We remain open if you need to walk in to our centre between 9.00AM - 5.00PM Monday to Friday. In addition, we are continuing to operate our services via telehealth (phone and online).  

Can I have a face to face appointment?

Answer: For a first intake session yes. This can also take place over the phone. We are predominantly offering sessions via telehealth (online and phone) and appointments on site will be considered in consultation with your assigned worker and the team. 

How long will a first intake session take and how soon will I be able to have a face to face or phone intake session? 

Answer: Both face to face and phone intake sessions take roughly 30 minutes to complete. A face to face intake can be completed upon arrival at a headspace service after completing check in. A phone call intake can take place between two to five business days. If you have not heard from us in a week, give us a call.  

Can I bring my parent/carer/support person to a face to face intake session? 

Answer: Yes, but due to COVID-19 restrictions we request that this be limited to one person.  

Can my parent/carer bring a smaller child with their older child who is completing a face to face intake session? 

Answer: Yes. We appreciate all efforts to reduce the number of people on site but understand if you need to bring someone who is under your care and cannot be left with someone else.  

Do I need to book? 

Answer: No. An intake in person can be completed Monday-Friday during operating hours. The first intake session can take 30+ minutes so ideally if you can arrive before 4pm so we can give you as much time as needed before our 5pm closure time.  

Do I need to wear a mask? 

Answer: We ask that you wear a mask on site and follow all public health precautions such as staying home if you are sick (you can call us instead!), maintaining physical distancing, checking in with our QR code and using hand sanitizer. If you don’t have a mask on you, we can supply you with one upon arrival.  

If you still have any questions or are unsure if a pre-organised appointment with your headspace worker is going ahead face to face or online - please give us a call. 

Use digital platforms and apps to help you manage your mental health in our specialised e-Mental Health Clinic at headspace Penrith. Work one to one with an eClinic Clinician to learn about the benefits of e-Mental Health services and complete courses of online treatment.

How are e-Mental Health
resources helpful?

  • Empower you to take care of your own mental health
  • Help you to understand what you are experiencing
  • Learn new strategies and coping techniques
  • Identify and talk about feelings.
  • Track your moods and feelings
  • Go at your own pace
  • Can be done in preparation for face to face support

 

The pilot e-Mental Health clinic offers a space at headspace Penrith for you to work closely with a mental health worker to guide you through e-Mental Health apps and digital tools.

Need more information on the benefits of e-Mental Health services? Click Here

Have more questions? Check out our FAQS

If you’d like to discuss further whether e-Mental Health might be right for you, contact headspace Penrith on 1800 478 626 or drop us an email: eclinic@parramattamission.org.au

Uniting NSW.ACT provides care and support for people through all ages and stages of life, with a focus on people experiencing vulnerability and exclusion. As one of the largest not-for-profit (NFP) organisations in Australia we offer services across NSW and the ACT in the areas of aged care, retirement and independent living, early learning, disability, community, and mental health services. With our values: Compassionate, Respectful, Bold, and Imaginative we work to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

 

An initiative of the headspace Penrith Youth Advisory Committee.

For more virtual tours and mental health related videos visit the headspace youtube page or our facebook page

 

Our centre is located at 606 High Street, Penrith. We are found on the ground floor of the building adjacent to Centrelink, which is directly opposite the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. Our centre is wheelchair accessible via a ramp at our High Street entrance. 

Parking can be found on the corner of Worth Street and Union Road (behind the 7-11), otherwise street parking is available further down Worth Street. Westfield Penrith also offers up to three hours free parking.  

Our centre has a ‘no wrong door policy’ which means no young person is turned away without connection to appropriate internal or external services. Please note that the toilet within our centre is gender neutral. 

For more information, download the headspace National Welcome Pack for Young People and/or our Family and Friends Welcome Pack

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The front of our centre

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The front of our building

 

To find out more about our programs and service criteria click here

headspace  Penrith is cost free. Some of our services may require you to have a Medicare card, however our primary care services do not.

Young people 15+ years old can get their own Medicare card by visiting a Medicare office or by calling Medicare on 13 20 11.

The below fact sheet and road map explain why young people may need their own Medicare card, and which option and pathway to take for getting their own Medicare card that will suit their needs under difference circumstances.

NSW Government Fact sheet (PDF)

 If you are a service provider and you wish to refer a young person to headspace, simply download the Referral Form and return it via email to: headspacepenrith@parramattamission.org.au. If you are unsure whether the young person meets referral criteria for the headspace Early Psychosis program, please click here for our referral checklist.

Please ensure that the young person whom you refer is willing to engage with headspace and is able to attend appointments.

We recommend that you follow up the emailed referral with a phone call, just to make sure we've received it.

Our intake phone number is: 1800 478 626

Thank you for considering raising funds for headspace Penrith. We greatly appreciate all support from both individuals and organisations. Your support means that we can continue our work of providing mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people and their families across Greater Western Sydney. headspace's centres have a wide range of youth friendly health professionals who can help young people ages 12 to 25 with: 

  • Mental health and counselling
  • General health
  • Alcohol and other drug services
  • Education, employment and other services

 This document and the enclosed Terms and Conditions are designed to govern and support your fundraising event. Please ensure that you read them carefully and accept the Terms and Conditions at the time of submitting your Application to us at headspacecdt@parramattamission.org.au 

headspace must approve your proposed fundraising event. Once your event has been approved by headspace, you may conduct a fundraising event on headspace's behalf.

The Community Development Team are available to assist with a range of community activities and events.

To make a request, please complete the forms below. 

Mental health event: The Community Development Team can participate in community events and engage in health and service promotion.

We can provide a pop-up stall to distribute a range of information around what mental health is, how to increase positive mental health, and how to link into our services whilst also including some engaging activities for the community. 

To make a request, please complete this form.

School & Educational Workshops: we provide workshops for groups of young people, parents, family members, or carers of young people.

To make a request, please complete this form.

Student Engagements: The Community Development Team can provide tours and visits at our local headspace centres for interested students. 

Throughout the in-service tour a member of our Community Development Team will provide you with an overview of the services, staff and resources on site at this centre. 

To make a request, please complete this form.

Promotional material: The Community Development Team can post out promotional material (e.g., posters and post cards).

To make a request, please complete this form.

 

Should you encounter any technical issues with these forms, please email your request to: headspacecdt@parramattamission.org.au

 

A key part of headspace Penrith is our consortium support. These partnerships broaden young people’s access to arrange of services.

Our valued consortium partners are as follows:

 

1. When people are experiencing psychosis they have problems interpreting what is going on around them.

2. Thinking can become confused and at it’s worse people might see or hear things that aren’t there or have false beliefs ie. the police are following me.

3. Psychosis can occur as a response to stress, drugs or depression or due to a family history.

4. If things don’t seem quite right it’s best to get help early and come to headspace Penrith for an assessment.

5. With help most people will recover.