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 free 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 during business hours. 

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

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. 

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Positions currently available at headspace Penrith

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

Clinician - headspace Early Psychosis Continuing Care Team, Full-time

Salary: Base salary + superannuation + salary packaging benefits. Salary is competitive with NSW Health

About Us

The headspace Early Psychosis program aims to provide early intervention services to young people with emerging serious mental illness, and their families, that are youth-friendly, accessible, consistent and seamless, and that provide ongoing care and support.

The headspace Early Psychosis service will assist young people aged 12 to 25 who are experiencing a first psychotic episode or who meet criteria that indicate they are at ultra-high risk of developing a psychotic disorder. Such assistance will be in the form of early identification and effective, evidence-based interventions delivered by primary care and specialist providers working together within a collaborative, accessible and integrated service framework.

Purpose of the positions

We are seeking highly motivated and dynamic Allied Health Professionals (including Clinical or Registered Psychologists, Social Workers, or Occupational Therapists) and Nurses to be a part of the Continuing Care Team (CCT) within headspace Early Psychosis, providing services to young people, their families or carers, and the wider community.

Clinicians in the headspace Early Psychosis Continuing Care Team will be providing long-term case management and psychological intervention to young people and their families. The role involves intake, assessment, engagement, psycho-education, clinical intervention, attendance at psychiatric review appointments, liaison with other services and relevant individuals, with an over-arching focus on care co-ordination. Groups are also run as part of our program, and there is scope to be involved in their facilitation.

Location

Positions available at headspace Mount Druitt, headspace Penrith and headspace Parramatta.

Selection criteria

Candidates must meet the following selection criteria. Please address each of these in written form: 

  1. Current qualifications as a Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Nurse and current full registration with AHPRA or eligibility for registration with AASW
  2. Current NSW drivers licence
  3. A minimum of 1 year clinical practice (excluding clinical placements) within the mental health field, with specific experience working with young people experiencing early psychosis or a first episode psychosis, and their families
  4. Experience delivering contemporary, evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions for young people presenting with first episode psychosis and ultra-high risk clients
  5. An understanding of the stress-vulnerability model, and the recovery framework for young people
  6. Ability to effectively engage young people and their families, including the ability to be creative and flexible
  7. Experience working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team
  8. A knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act and the Children (2007), Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act (1998), and other relevant legislation
  9. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), problem solving and negotiation skills, and a demonstrated ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with team members, other professionals and external agencies
  10. The ability to use relevant information technology, electronic recording systems and data management tools

To be eligible to apply for this position you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa. Successful appointment to this position is subject to a satisfactory National Criminal History check and the candidate's provision of a valid Working With Children Check.

headspace welcomes applications from people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background and people with a lived experience of mental illness.

Interested applicants should submit their applications addressing the above criteria to Josh.Onikul@parramattamission.org.au. Only applicants who address all selection criteria will be contacted for interview.

For more information contact:

Name: Josh Onikul
Email: Josh.Onikul@parramattamission.org.au

Private Practitioner, Part-time/Sessional

Salary: Contracted position

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 and Mt Druitt 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 including after-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 at https://www.parramattamission.org.au/careers/ or email Kellie Smith (details below).  Interested applicants must include a cover letter clearly addressing the essential criteria to be eligible for interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

For more information contact:

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

Private Practitioner , Part-time/Sessional

Salary: Attractive remuneration + salary packaging

Psychologist - Private Practice, Primary Care

Job Description

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

Desired Skills and Experience

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

 

Benefits include:

  • Attractive Remuneration + generous Salary packaging benefits
  • On Site Parking
  • On- the- Job Training provided
  • Opportunity to work alongside multidisciplinary team
  • Great workplace culture
  • Dynamic Team

 

To be eligible to apply for this position you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.

 

Parramatta Mission welcomes applications from people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background and people with a lived experience of mental illness.

 

If you are interested in this great opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of Young People, please apply now at https://www.parramattamission.org.au/careers/. Interested applicants must include a cover letter clearly addressing the essential criteria to be eligible for interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

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

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

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 contact: headspacecdt@parramattamission.org.au for more details.

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.