headspace
Parramatta

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Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

About

headspace Parramatta provides mental health support, services and information 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 and study support.

Young people aged 12-25 you do not require a formal referral. Simply phone, email or show up in person or fill in our intake form online to arrange an appointment with one of our staff. 

Bookings are required for appointments after 5pm on weekdays.

Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace Parramatta is operated by Flourish Australia. 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, Western Sydney PHN (Wentwest Ltd).

Services

Services could include: provision of contraception and advice, testing, support, treatment and management of sexually transmissible infections(STI) HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis vaccination for Hepatitis and HPV, pregnancy testing and referral.

Support and assistance finding accommodation or related support services.

Your GP can refer you to see a specialist youth psychiatrist for bulk billed assessment and management advice for mental health issues.

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

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. 

Nutrition screening, dietary assessment and education about food and lifestyle, also support around healthy eating strategies.

Get tips on how to prepare your resume and present for interviews. Find out about local employment opportunities (full time, part-time, or casual).

If you live near our headspace centre in a rural area but cannot travel in to see us, you can see our mental health workers online.

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 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.

“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 Parramatta

Employer: Flourish Australia

Psychologists / Social Workers - Multiple Locations

Flourish Australia

Join the team at headspace!

  • Multiple locations available - Bankstown, Parramatta and/or Castle Hill.
  • Flexible to fit your availability

We’re looking for Registered Psychologists or Accredited Mental Health Social Workers who love working with young people and families to join our welcoming, and well-resourced team!

In addition to relevant qualifications and experience along with a medicare provider number, we are seeking to find like-minded individuals who are enthusiastic, cooperative team players and positive contributors to the headspace culture. We are very proud of our culture and would love to find individuals who continue to support this.

Due to high demand, we are looking for registered psychologists or accredited mental health social workers to join us for an immediate start as independent contractors, running their own client caseload. You let us know your preferred hours and we will work to fill your calendar.

ABOUT US

headspace works from an early intervention and prevention framework with young people and their families who have emerging mental health issues. We deliver four core services which include general health, mental health support, vocational services, and alcohol and other drug services.

We are not just invested in young people, we are invested in providing opportunities for our team to learn, grow and thrive! Organised professional development and supervision bring our team closer, making our work environment inviting and inspiring!

headspace offers a supportive team environment. As a contracted practitioner, you receive referrals from the headspace team, and we will provide full comprehensive administration support and case management.

Open Monday to Friday! (And Saturdays in Bankstown).

ABOUT THE ROLE

To offer young people and families presenting with a variety of psychological difficulties and disorders high-level clinical services both in-person and via telehealth.

  • Commitment to achieving therapeutic goals using effective evidence-based treatment strategies.
  • Assessment and potential diagnosis using psychometric tools.
  • Participation in clinical decisions about treatment planning, assessment, risk management and working with other services.
  • Client related work – e.g. GP letters/Reports
  • Participate in supervision and peer supervision
  • Work within a team environment, and under broad direction
  • Liaise with external providers as needed e.g. GP, NDIS, Schools

ABOUT YOU

We would love to meet you if you have direct clinical experience with:

  • Young People
  • Families
  • Cultural Diversity
  • LGBTIQ+ communities
  • Eating Disorders

We are looking for a Registered Psychologist or Accredited Mental Health Social Worker AND Medicare Provider to deliver assessment and therapeutic intervention to young people and their families.

YOUR QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Registered Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA, or Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with AASW
  • Registered Medicare Provider (see here for eligibility)
  • Two years+ of post-graduate clinical experience with young people or within mental health in diverse settings including (e.g. bio-psychosocial assessments, risk assessments and providing focused psychological intervention).
  • Working with Children's Check and Police Check.

Whilst headspace fully supports early career and provisional psychologists and social workers, on this instance please only apply if you are fully registered or accredited and have a Medicare provider number with direct psychological intervention experience.

YOUR QUALITIES

  • Able to develop rapport with young people, and families.
  • Calm, flexible and punctual.
  • Comfortable with commitment and desire to establish a client base amongst a caring team.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work within a team.
  • Sound knowledge of the impact of mental illness on young people and the ability to provide a positive impact on their wellbeing in a youth-friendly manner

ABOUT THE PAY

We are a bulk-billing psychology practice that provides tele-health & onsite services. As a contracted role - we offer a flat rate that is highly competitive, despite being a bulk billing service. Salary range $85,000 to $95,000 p.a (based on meeting position criteria) plus you will enjoy the benefits of:

  • Contracted position (2 years with further availability)
  • Consult with maximum six clients per day
  • Be part of an enthusiastic clinical team, with access to multidisciplinary practitioners (including GP, dietician, psychiatrist)
  • Clinical supervision including daily support and guidance, and weekly peer supervision and clinical support (including clinical manager and team leader). Additional supervision negotiable for clinical registrar programs.
  • Full administrative support
  • Professional Development opportunities with full training calendar
  • Team building and social events

 

HOW TO APPLY

Our ad will be running for 30 days, and we will interview as we receive applications.

Only applications from registered psychologists or accredited mental health social workers will be considered.

Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter (setting out your availability and preferred location) via the prompts, addressed to Aniela Gokiert. aniela.gokiert@flourishaustralia.org.au

We'd love to hear from you!

For more information contact:

Name: Aniela Gokiert - headspace Services Manager
Phone: 0427 942 576
Email: aniela.gokiert@flourishaustralia.org.au

Employer: Flourish Australia

The headspace Family and Friends Reference Group will be made up of up to 10 diverse members who all have a lived experience of supporting a young person or friend through headspace services.

The aim of the headspace Family and Friends Reference Group is to advocate for the role, contribution and needs of families and friends across all headspace programs and services.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the Expression of Interest form here.

Please find the position description here.

Please email the complete form it back to us at headspace.parramatta@flourishaustralia.org.au

For any enquiries about the group, you can call us on 1300 737 616.

For more information contact:

Name: Family and Friends Reference Group
Phone: 1300 737 616
Email: headspace.parramatta@flourishaustralia.org.au

For more information contact:

Name: Rachelle Hadchiti - Clinical and Operations Manager
Phone: 0407 440 337
Email: Rachelle.Hadchiti@flourishaustralia.org.au

More information

Young People
If you are a young person and wish to see someone at headspace Parramatta, please fill in this online form. You are also welcome to email, call or drop in during our business hours to discuss your options. Please provide your contact details such as your email and phone number.

Please find more information in our Information Pack.

Parents, Family, Carers and Friends
If you are the family member, carer or friend of a young person and wish to refer them to headspace Parramatta, please fill in this online form. You are also welcome to call us during our business hours to discuss their options. Please ensure that the young person who you are referring is willing to engage with headspace and is able to attend appointments. Please provide your contact details such as your email and phone number.

Please find more information in our Information for Friends & Family Flyer.

Service Providers
If you are a service provider, health professional, or from a school and wish to refer a young person to headspace Parramatta, please complete our 'Service Provider Referral Form'. Prior to completing the form, please ensure that you have obtained the young person's consent and provide as much information as possible so that headspace Parramatta's Intake Officer can determine the suitability and the most appropriate treatment options for the young person. headspace Parramatta will contact the young person and inform you thereafter of the outcome of your referral with us.

Please return this form by email to headspace.parramatta@flourishaustralia.org.au or Fax 02 8331 6056.

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

Our phone number is: 1300 737 616.

 

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Please note: headspace Parramatta does not offer crisis or emergency support. If you or someone you care for needs immediate emergency support, please call 000 (Police, Fire, Ambulance), go to a hospital emergency department or call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.

For after-hours services, please contact:
- eheadspace on 1800 650 890 or eheadspace.org.au (9am-1am, 7 days a week)
- The Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 (24/7)
- Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24/7)

What is telehealth?

We offer both in-person and telehealth service to young people and their families and friends. 

Telehealth services consist of any health-related communication via telephone and video conferencing platforms and applications. Instead of in-person appointments, we are now providing online appointments over phone calls and video calls using ‘Zoom’.   

To find out more about our telehealth services, such as:

  1. How to use telehealth services

  2. How to make the most of telehealth services

  3. Confidentiality

  4. Troubleshooting

  5. Frequently Asked Questions

Please download - Guidelines for Young People to use Telehealth.

Feedback Survey

If you have used our telehealth services, and would like to provide some feedback on how it went and how we can improve, please fill out the 'survey here'.
 

Consent Form

If you are new to Telehealth or would like further information on our privacy, consent, and confidentiality information, please download our Telehealth Privacy, Consent, Confidentiality & Cancellation Policy.

For additional information on telehealth, please visit - headspace online and phone services (telehealth).

Rights & Responsibilities

Please download the Rights & Responsibilities Flyer.

For more information on 'Setting up a safe place at home to talk to your counsellor' please download the flyer here.

You can also access more information on 'How headspace can help you online' by downloading the flyer here.

If you have any questions or concerns with using our Telehealth services, please contact us on 1300 737 616 or headspace.parramatta@flourishaustralia.org.au

Accessing headspace Parramatta services is free for young people 12-25 years old.

Some of our services do require you to have a medicare card.
Young people 15+ years old can get their own Medicare card by visiting a Medicare office or by calling Medicare on 13 20 11.
Click 'here' for more information on what a Medicare card is and why young people need one.

We also offer limited sessions outside of Medicare and the Mental Health Care Plan.

If you have a booked appointment to come into our centre for an in-person appointment, please fill this 'Health Check' form out prior to your visit to the centre.

Before accessing our centre in-person, all young people and their family and friends must full in the 'Health Check' form.

Please note, if you are feeling unwell, have been in a hotspot area, or have been in contact with someone who has been in a hotspot area, please let us know and reschedule your appointment. You can access the 'NSW Covid Health Advice' 'here'.

When you come in, we will:

  1. Ask you to sign in using the Service NSW QR code available outside our door at our centre
  2. We will do a quick temperature check, if you are 37.5 degrees Celsius or over, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment
  3. We ask that you use the hand sanitiser when you arrive at our centre, and again before you leave
  4. We will also have face masks available if you wish to use one during your appointment, however, this is not mandatory


These resources will all be available at our centre.

We are committed to supporting everyone to stay safe and well.

Thank you for helping us do that.

headspace Parramatta provides free youth mental health services to community and local schools in the local Parramatta area.

The Service & Community Development Officer is able to provide the following:
- Attend a mental health event and hold an interactive information stall
- Provide educational presentations and workshops on mental health topics, information about our service and referral pathways
- Mental health educational and promotional material, and
- In service tour where you are able to visit our centre, meet our staff and find out more about headspace Parramatta

The services provided have a mental health promotion and educational focus.
We deliver these services to promote positive mental health and wellbeing (please note that these services do not have a medical or therapeutic focus).

Please download and fill out our 'S&CD Request Form' for any of the above services and return it to headspace.parramatta@flourishaustralia.org.au

For more information, please contact the Service & Community Development Officer at headspace Parramatta at headspace.parramatta@flourishaustralia.org.au or on 1300 737 616.

Some requests will to be fulfilled through online videoconferencing.

Our centre is located on 2 Wentworth Street, Parramatta (entry via Parkes Street).

The toilet within our centre is gender neutral and our centre is also wheelchair accessible.


The centre is located close to Parramatta Train Station (4 minute walk).

Alternatively there is a secure paid parking lot on Wentworth Street. 

 

Our centre has a ‘no wrong door policy’ which means no young person is turned away without connection to appropriate internal or external services.

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Front view of our Parkes Street entrance

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Street view of our centre

 Ramp access at our centre


An initiative of the headspace Parramatta Youth Advisory Committee.

Here at headspace Parramatta, it takes wonderful and passionate people to complete our team and help support the young people and their families and friends that visit our centre.



Managers

Aniela (she/her) - Senior Clinical Manager headspace Services

 

Rachelle (she/her) - Clinical and Operations Manager

My name is Rachelle Hadchiti

I am the Acting Clinical and Operations Manager of headspace Parramatta

I completed by Undergraduate studies in Psychology and my Masters in Social Health and Counselling

I am fluent in English and speak a little bit of Arabic

What I enjoy most about working for headspace is being able to support young people to reach their goals

Hobbies:
- I enjoy listening to music, seeing live music (pretty musch anything to do with music), going to the gym, walking my dogs, spending time in nature and going to the beach.
- To relax I enjoy reading, watching movies, following a 6 step skincare routine and drinking lots of herbal tea.
- My favourite quote is "The eyes are useless when the mind is blind"

Practice Manager

Emma (she/her)

Admin

Hilda (she/her)

  • Name - Hilda
  • Job at headspace: Administration Support Officer
  • Your background: BA of Counselling
  • Languages spoken: Bilingual
  • What you enjoy most about working for headspace: I enjoy working with headspace because I see the resilience so many people have - colleagues, Young People and their family members in showing up and supporting one another.
  • A little about yourself:
    • Hobbies: I love to read, write and watch lighthearted comedy TV shows!
    • Things I do to relax: I like to watch TikTok videos (for what feels like 2 minutes) and next thing I know I've spend 1 hour laughing and learning new recipes, dance moves and what seems like micro documentaries.
    • Favourite quote:

“FEARLESS” is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, FEARLESS is having fears. FEARLESS is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, FEARLESS is living in spite of those things that scare you to death...FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again… even though every time you’ve tried before, you’ve lost. It’s FEARLESS to have faith that someday things will change. FEARLESS is having the courage to say goodbye to someone who only hurts you, even if you can’t breathe without them...And when someone apologizes to you enough times for things they’ll never stop doing, I think it’s FEARLESS to stop believing them. It’s FEARLESS to say “you’re NOT sorry”, and walk away. I think loving someone despite what people think is FEARLESS...Letting go is FEARLESS. Then, moving on and being alright…That’sFEARLESS too. But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever after...I think love is FEARLESS.”

 

Ratanpreet (she/her)

Name - Ratanpreet Singh (Preet)

Job at headspace: Administration Support Officer at Parramatta and Castle Hill 
Your background: I am Australia born Punjabi 
Languages spoken: I speak English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi
What you enjoy most about working for headspace: I am passionate about working with young people who are going through a hard time dealing with mental health. I want to advocate for mental health awareness, and headspace is a great platform for that. 
A little about yourself: I love travelling, cooking and a big foodie!

 

Service & Community Development Office
r

Jennie (she/her)

Hi my name is Jennie and I am the Service & Community Development Officer.

I took the scenic route with my studying and career background. Straight out of high school,  I spent the first 6 years working several private corporate sectors in Telecommunications, Government and FMCG industries. I studied Community Services Work and a part degree in Social Work at UNSW.

I am a second generation Vietnamese-Australian and I speak both English and Vietnamese.

headspace very much aligns with my passion in mental health and wellbeing and I am a huge advocate for preventing mental ill health in young people and suicide prevention.

I’m a dog and cat mum to a 4 year old Pomeranian, Cider, and a 1 year old rescue cat -Pepper. In my spare time and on weekends you can find me reading, doing art, watching movies and dabbling in cat rescue.

My favourite quote is:

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

 

Youth Access Clinicians

Karina (she/her) - Team Leader Access


Andrea
(she/her) - Senior Youth Access Clinician

My name is Andrea & I am a Senior Youth Access Clinician at headspace Parramatta.

I completed a Bachelor of Social Work at The University of Sydney.

I am a second-generation Sri-Lankan Australian. I am fluent in English and can speak some Tamil and Sinhalese.

What I enjoy most about headspace is supporting young people to achieve their goals and working in a friendly team that shares a passion for advocating for young people in our community .

Watching comedy shows, travelling around the world, trying new restaurants, cooking with my husband & playing the piano.

Spending time with my dog Chewie, listening to music and watching Netflix.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” — Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh; A.A. Milne

 

 

 

 

 




 

Ravina (she/her) - Senior Youth Access Clinician

Welcome! My name is Ravina Mistry. I’m a Senior Youth Access Clinician at Headspace Parramatta. I’ve studied a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Master in Professional Psychology. Personally, I enjoy listening to music while driving along the coast. Professionally, I aspire to connect with young people, and collaborate to achieve their goals.

 

 

Srijana (she/her) - Senior Youth Access Clinician


Caitlin (she/her) - Senior Youth Access Clinician

 

Psychologists

Tony (he/him) - Registered Psychologist 

I'm Theunis "Tony" Vorster and I am one of the private psychologists at Headspace Parramatta and Castle Hill.

I'm from South Africa and I studied Clinical Psychology there before coming to Australia. My native tongue is Afrikaans and I can speak enough French to order a flat white and cause a misunderstanding about everything else.

What I enjoy most at Headspace is the wide variety of professionals and young people I meet. I am particularly interested in listening to stories, because through stories we organise our thoughts, feelings and experiences. I play piano, like to cook, ride my motorcycle, kayak on the Parramatta river and will watch most movies twice... 20 times if it's a good one.

My favourite quote is "Progress, not perfection". 

 

Erin (she/her) - Registered Psychologist 

 

Claire (she/her) - Registered Psychologist 


GP

Dr Ada (she/her)


Hi everyone, my name is Ada.

My role at Headspace Parramatta is a GP. 
I've grown up in Sydney, studied Medicine at UNSW in Sydney and completed my medical training in Sydney so you could say I've been in Sydney a bit. 
I speak English (when I'm being serious or when I'm having a good time) and can converse casually in Cantonese and Mandarin. 
I love working at Headspace because I enjoy working with youth and in particular, I feel mental health is such a crucial aspect of a positive transition into adulthood. In addition, everyone working Headspace is super friendly and approachable - I'm sure you'll agree once
you get here. 
As for me, I'm a bit of a couch potato. I love my Netflix and Youtube. And if I were a vegetable, I'd definitely be a potato as well - they're just so versatile and tasty... hah... I love them baked, fried, chipped, wedged or mashed. Look forward to meeting you all! 

  

Psychiatrist

Dr. Sydney Oen (he/him)

My name is Sydney Oen and I'm the visiting psychiatrist at headspace Parramatta.

I completed a medical degree before obtaining a specialist qualification in psychiatry.

When I am not working at headspace I work in a public hospital and in private psychiatric practice. Everywhere I go I speak English.


At headspace I am excited when I see a young person taking on their problems with courage, determination, flexibility, and thoughtfulness.

In my spare time I enjoy growing things... plants, animals, and children.


I have new favourite quotes every few weeks and for different patient groups. For headspace at the moment I have two:
1. Sometimes the best gifts come hidden inside layers of terrible wrapping.
2. The best two words in the English language are : Next time....
 

Dietician

Sussan (she/her)

 

Alcohol & Other Drug Counsellors

Ali (he/him)

 

Employment & Education Consultants

 

Family & Carer Counsellors

  

Youth Reference Group Members

Hafsa

Catherine

Liyana

Alice

Ayriane

AJ

Sashika

Sujin

 

New Members:

Taseen

Julia

Usha

Armaan

David

Ann

Stephanie

Sophia

Sheekha

Katelyn

Imaaz

Daneal

Ellese

Lauren

Irena

At our centre, we run groups for young people and their families and friends.

For more information on any of these groups please contact headspace Parramatta on 1300 737 616 or at headspace.parramatta@flourishaustralia.org.au

 

Our current groups are:

OutWest

A social group for LGBTQIA+ folks.

When: Wednesday 5-7pm
Where: headspace Parramatta

Link to flyer 'here'.

 

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

Our valued consortium partners are as follows:

We value input from young people and their friend and families. 

Have your say about our centre by filling out the Praise, Suggestion & Feedback survey 'here'.

Your feedback will be used to ensure that we continually improve our services.

Our forms are private and confidential and you can choose not to leave your details.

However, if you wish to receive a response in regards to your feedback, please leave your contact details in the survey.