Head to Health adult mental health centres have opened in Gosnells and Mirrabooka, offering free advice, support, assessment and treatment for people over 18 with stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.
This takes the number of Head to Health Centres in WA to three, including Midland Head to Health which opened in March 2022.
They aim to improve access to mental health services for people whose condition is too complex for primary care but doesn’t meet the criteria for an emergency department visit.
Centres are staffed by mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and peer support workers and available services include:
- Initial assessment
- One-to-one counselling
- Access to therapy groups
- Peer support
- Care coordination with other services or agencies (eg NDIS).
If a client’s care requires the input of a GP, psychologist or psychiatrist, centre staff will facilitate this via referral.
Referrals to access a centre are not required, but are welcome from GPs, health professionals and other community services.
Some centres require an appointment, so it is best to check ahead.
For more information and advice, GPs and patients can call the Head to Health Assessment and Referral Phone Service, which is staffed by clinicians, on 1800 595 212.
More information about the centres and opening hours is available here.
Funded by the Australian Government, the Gosnells and Mirrabooka services were commissioned by WA Primary Health Alliance and are operated by St John of God Social Outreach, part of St John of God Health Care