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

Our Uniting Recovery program is a lead provider for many community service programs across Sydney which support people to lead fulfilling and independent lives through the delivery of services, education and training which are person-centred and recovery focused.

  • Psychologist / Social Worker / Occ Therapist / Reg Nurse
  • Full time 4 month contract in Penrith - possible extension
    With some Telehealth & Generous Salary packaging Benefits 

Role Overview:

The e-Clinic Coordinator will be involved in the design, development, and operation of the e-Clinic project. The position focuses on maintaining smooth daily operation and providing clinical oversight to clients engaging with the e-Clinic. This includes supporting with project development and community development tasks.

As the e-Clinic Coordinator, your role specifically will include but not limited to:

  • To contribute to the ongoing design, development, implementation and evaluation of the e-Clinic.
  • To oversee daily operations of the e-Clinic including referrals and provide clinical support and supervision to clinicians rostered on e-Clinic days.
  • To provide additional assessment and care coordination as needed to young people engaged in the e-Clinic, including risk management
  • To have or commit to developing a clinical knowledge and understanding of the use of online platforms, digital tools and apps that are evidence-based in providing mental health support.
  • To provide expertise in this area to the team via ongoing training, peer review and resource development.
  • To promote awareness of digital mental health tools within the services and with external stakeholders.

Applications will only be accepted via the link below

For more information contact:

Name: Rose Rivera
Phone: 0438 206 164
Email: rrivera@uniting.org

Apply now

headspace Primary Care works with young people ages 12 to 25 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns. Young people are able to access centers in person or via phone and see or speak to a Primary Care clinician. Services are delivered by primary care and specialist providers working together within a unified, accessible and integrated service framework. 

  • Psychologist, Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker
  • Full Time with inter-disciplinary team in Penrith
  • Good rates + Generous Salary Packaging Benefits 

Job Description:
The Youth Access Team Clinician position focuses on completion of intake and assessment of young people presenting to headspace, determine suitability of the program and to coordinate care for young people within the consortium. This includes ensuring treatment goals are met and adjusting provisions to help the young person meet their identified needs and goals.

Duties include but are not limited to:
1) To promote the principles of early intervention, including establishing links with stakeholders and maintaining/strengthening these links
2) To maintain and promote an awareness of young people’s primary health issues in the community e.g. GP’s, Service Providers
3) To provide care co-ordination to young people to assist them in achieving the goals and action outlined in their care/management plan
4) To develop a systems-based approach to young people, as well as actively facilitate the provision of appropriate services across the full range of government and non-government agencies and individuals.
5) To provide accessible groups that meet the needs of young people and offer individual sessions where appropriate to address specific needs 

Applications must be submitted via the link below

For more information contact:

Name: Rose Rivera
Phone: 0438 206 164
Email: rrivera@uniting.org

Apply now

About the Opportunity

This is a full time fixed term contract working 38 hours/ week up until June 2022 with likely extension

The Continuing Care Team (CCT) Clinician role is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. The role involves the provision of comprehensive, evidence-based clinical case management, psychological and psychosocial interventions consistent with the EPPIC model of care.

The overall aims of the CCT clinician position are:

• To reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in order to minimise the impact of a first episode of psychosis on the normal developmental trajectory of the young person
• To minimise the subjective distress of young people and their families associated with the experience of early psychosis and a first episode of psychosis
• To screen and reduce the incidence of metabolic syndrome
• To enable both symptomatic and functional recovery from a first episode of psychosis

headspace Parramatta, Mount Druitt and Penrith delivers the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program. The headspace Primary Care program offers an “open door”, easily accessible, early intervention service for young people wishing to obtain support for mental health or substance use issues. The headspace Early Psychosis program is a specialist service which focuses on providing comprehensive services to support young people who are at risk of developing a psychotic illness, or those who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. 

Essential Criteria

Qualifications

Approved tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline and AHPRA or appropriate professional body membership:
- Registered Nurse
- Occupational Therapist
- Psychologist or Provisional Psychologist
- Social worker (must be eligible for registration with Australian Association of Social Workers)

Applications must be submitted via the link below.

For more information contact:

Name: Alex Sullivan
Phone: 0466 801 937
Email: asullivan@uniting.org

Apply now

About the Opportunity

This is a part time fixed-term contract working 3 days/ week up until June 2022
with likely extension

The Continuing Care Team (CCT) Clinician role is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. The role involves the provision of comprehensive, evidence-based clinical case management, psychological and psychosocial interventions consistent with the EPPIC model of care.

Role Overview

The Senior Clinician role is an integral role of the leadership structure acting as the 2IC providing onsite clinical leadership to the team. This role will support line manager in effective and efficient management of team resources including being the first point of contact for all clinicians/team.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • As a senior clinician, providing mentoring and clinical supervision as required to colleagues and students to support the team
  • Work as a part of the multidisciplinary team to ensure timely access for young people and families 
  • Provide comprehensive early intervention and care co-ordination to young people to assist them in achieving the goals and actions outlined in their care/management plan. 
  • To participate in clinical review and supervision, ensuring service standards are met


headspace Parramatta, Mount Druitt and Penrith delivers the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program. The headspace Primary Care program offers an “open door”, easily accessible, early intervention service for young people wishing to obtain support for mental health or substance use issues. The headspace Early Psychosis program is a specialist service which focuses on providing comprehensive services to support young people who are at risk of developing a psychotic illness, or those who have experienced a first episode of psychosis.

Essential Criteria

Qualifications

Approved tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline and AHPRA or appropriate professional body membership:
- Registered Nurse
- Occupational Therapist
- Psychologist or Provisional Psychologist
- Social worker (must be eligible for registration with Australian Association of Social Workers)

Applications will only be accepted via the link below.

For more information contact:

Name: Alex Sullivan
Phone: 0466 801 937
Email: asullivan@uniting.org

Apply now

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

google view

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.