headspace

Penrith

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

Overview

headspace  Penrith provides face-to-face 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 have a specialised service for young people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis or at ultra-high risk of experiencing psychosis.

Young people aged 12 - 25 do not require a formal referral. Simply phone, email or show up in person to arrange an appointment with one of our staff. Our centre is wheelchair accessible.

headspace  Penrith is cost free. To understand what services we provide and how we can assist you, please contact our office. Some of our services may require you to have a Medicare card. However if you don’t have a Medicare card, please contact us for information on how to obtain one or for alternative ways that we can assist you. 

If you have any concerns or complaints about your experience with our services, please speak with your clinician who can support you with putting your feedback in writing. Alternatively, please contact the services manager on (02)4720 8800 or email at headspacepenrith@parramattamission.org.au. 

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 Parramatta Mission . 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 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 Services

Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services. 

Work & Study Services

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

Youth Reference Group

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

Doctor (GP)

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. 

Alcohol & Drug Services

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

Youth Early Psychosis Program

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

Youth Programs

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

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Positions currently available at headspace Penrith

General Practitioner, Part-time/Sessional

General Practitioner

Part Time

 

headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation.  Our mission is to deliver improvements in the mental health, social well-being and economic participation of young people aged 12-25 years.  This covers four core areas for service delivery: mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drug services and education/vocational support.

 

headspace Penrith are currently seeking an experienced General Practitioner to join our vibrant multidisciplinary team to support young people with physical and mental health care.

 

About the Role

We aim to provide young people with holistic primary health care and engagement with early intervention for those at risk of mental health issues.  Working at headspace gives GP’s an opportunity to:

 

  • Improve the lives of young people
  • Provide a high quality, primary health care service to those accessing headspace, with an emphasis on managing mental health issues, diagnostic screening and cardio-metabolic health within our primary care services and the Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP)
  • Work collaboratively alongside onsite Psychiatrists, Nurses, Allied Health clinicians including Youth Access Team clinicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists and Dieticians
  • Develop confidence and increased skills in working with young people in a community setting
  • Access to onsite Private Allied Health Professionals who provide Psychological Services under Medicare
  • Access to free professional development opportunities and training in youth mental health and the headspace model of care as well as learning opportunities through headspace National e-learning
  • Fully computerised facilities with full reception and administrative support

 

Hear from other headspace GP’s from around Australia to see what it is like to work in a headspace centre - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BDfoSFdFos

 

Selection Criteria

  • Vocational Registration
  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA)
  • Be eligible for a Medicare Provider Number
  • Experience in working as General Practitioner in a community setting
  • Ability to actively engage and work collaboratively with young people, their families and significant others
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)

 

If you are ready to join a fantastic multidisciplinary team and really make a difference to the lives of Young People, apply now!

 

Interested applicants should submit their applications addressing the above criteria to Recruitment@parramattamission.org.au.  Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

For further information please contact Kellie Smith, Practice Manager on 0409 425 661 or by email at kellie.smith@parramattamission.org.au.

 

For more information contact:

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

Family and Friends Advisory Committee, Part-time/Sessional

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

Private Practitioners, Part-time/Sessional

Private Practitioners

(Clinical Psychologist/ Psychologist, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists)

 

headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation.  Our mission is 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. 

 

Due to expansion of our services, headspace Penrith are looking for highly motivated, youth orientated Clinical Psychologists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists who are experienced in providing high quality services to young people.  Working as a Private Practitioner at headspace provides you with an opportunity to work within a dynamic, innovative multidisciplinary environment to provide early intervention and treatment for mental health and related issues in young people aged 12-25 years of age and establish a fulfilling and rewarding practice in partnership with headspace.  Our Private Practitioners complete work in assessment, treatment planning, psychological treatment and referral, and are highly valued members of our team.

                                   

What we offer

  • Flexible working hours;
  • Opportunity to work with and gain support from a multidisciplinary team (including Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, Clinical Psychologists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Sexual Health Services, an Exercise Physiologist and a Drug and Alcohol Addiction Specialist;
  • Ongoing Medicare funded referrals of young people who have been assessed and are ready to receive services;
  • Full administrative support and consulting space which includes reception, billing, appointment confirmations, SMS reminders and all room bookings are taken care of for you.  Access to the electronic medical records database with comprehensive training provided;
  • Opportunity for peer support through regular care co-ordination meetings with the team;
  • Free Professional Development Opportunities.

 

Successful applicants should

  • Must be a fully registered Psychologist with AHPRA, hold Accredited Mental Health Social Worker Status with AASW or hold Better Access Endorsement with Occupational Therapy Australia;
  • Eligible to provide services under Medicare and be willing to bulk bill;
  • Have or be willing to obtain your own ABN;
  • Be willing to undertake a Working with Children Check and a separate Criminal History check;
  • Have demonstrated experience providing services to young people aged 12-25 years of age;
  • Be willing to undertake modest administrative support costs which include room rental as part of the contractual agreement.

 

If you are ready to join a fantastic multidisciplinary team and really make a difference to the lives of Young People, apply now!

 

Interested applicants should submit their applications addressing the above criteria to Recruitment@parramattamission.org.au. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Please contact Kellie Smith, Practice Manager on 0409 425 661 for more information.

For more information contact:

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

More information

headspace Penrith Virtual Tour

 

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

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. 

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The front of our centre

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The front of our building

Obtaining a Medicare Card

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)

How to make a referral

If you are a service provider and you wish to refer a young person to headspace, simply download the form below and return it via email to: headspacepenrith@parramattamission.org.au 

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: 4720 8888

 Service Provider Referral Form

Fundraise for headspace Penrith

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.

Community Development Requests

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 and return to headspacecdt@parramattamission.org.au 

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 someengaging activities for the community. 

To make a request, please complete this form below and return to headspacecdt@parramattamission.org.au

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 below and return to headspacecdt@parramattamission.org.au

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 below and return to headspacecdt@parramattamission.org.au

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 below and return to headspacecdt@parramattamission.org.au

 

Parramatta Mission

headspace Penrith, Mount Druitt, Parramatta and Castle Hill are all operated by Parramatta Mission as the lead agency and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

At Parramatta Mission we work within our communities to transform lives. 

Parramatta Mission provides an integrated approach to services, supporting vulnerable communities across Greater Western Sydney, North Sydney, Central Coast and South West Sydney.

Our organisation’s aim is to find safe and affordable housing, support families and children in times of uncertainty and despair, empower young people with early intervention, assist people with mental illness and support the homeless with financial and well-being assistance.

For more information on Parramatta Mission services please visit the website

headspace Penrith Consortium Partners

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:

 

5 fast facts on psychosis

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.