High School Students 03 Aug 2021

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Cool with High School Social Skills Group (Term 3)

About the program

The Cool with High School Social Skills Group is a 14-week program where your child will learn some of the following skills:

  • How enter and exit conversations
  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to use appropriate humour
  • How to handle rumours and gossip
  • How to find common interests in conversations
  • How to be a good host during get-togethers
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle arguments
  • How to manage online conversations
  • How to handle teasing and bullying

The program that will be used is based on the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS). The PEERS program is an evidence based social skills treatment focusing on children who are having difficulty making or keeping friends. Skills will also be supplemented by the researched based program Skillstreaming, which teaches children prosocial behaviours. We aim to address some of the issues children have with the social transition from primary to high school. We are also flexible and invite you to discuss let us know if there are any other areas of concern.


The program will run weekly from Friday the 13th of August 2021 (Term 1, Week 4).

No sessions are expected to occur during the school holidays.

We anticipate the last session will be on Friday the 3rd of December 2021. However, this is subject to change based on any future COVID-19 restrictions that prevent group sessions from running. We may ask people’s availability for school holiday sessions if this occurs.

Sessions will occur at the Child Wellbeing Centre,  5 Brockman Road, Midland  weekly from 4:00pm until 5:30pm.

Parking is available on the street or opposite the building. Cost is $116.38 per session and can be covered using NDIS funding. It is important that you and your child attend all 14 weeks to get as much as they can from the program. 

PLease call Reception on 9274 7062 to register your interest in the program.




18 Apr 2021

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New Centre Opening in Bayswater

New Centre in Bayswater!

We’re delighted to be able to let everyone know that we have opened a new Child Wellbeing Centre in Bayswater.

The new Centre is located in Walter Road East, Bayswater and currently will be providing services Monday to Friday.

Just our Allied Health team will be working from these premises which means, the following services are available:

  • Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy and
  • Speech Pathology

We will be updating our website over the next few weeks so you can find out about our new staff working from the new Centre. Please check our About Us pages for updates about our new staff:


To find out more about our services, please call Reception on the usual number – 9274 706. 


03 Mar 2021

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Provisional Psychologists and what they do

A provisional psychologist is someone who has completed their tertiary psychology qualifications and is undertaking a program of supervision as they develop their psychology skills “on the job”. Typically this can involve one to two years of weekly supervision with a senior psychologist.

Supervision is where the provisional psychologist discusses the work they are doing with clients (in our case children and young people) with a senior colleague. It’s a space for them to check in that they are being helpful for the client. It’s also a space for the supervisor to make sure that client’s needs are being met by the provisional psychologist.

Who are the provisional psychologists in the Centre?

At the Child Wellbeing Centre we have  four provisional psychologists on our team. Two have completed masters level qualifications in psychology & two have extensive experience working with children in behaviour therapy roles. Our provisional psychologists are:

Katrina Burgess

Simone Healy

Penny Wong

Toni Schmitz

Each comes with their own background of  experience and interests. The one thing they all have in common is an enthusiasm and commitment to work with children. You can read a bit more about them on our website:


Why might I consider a provisional psychologist for my child?

As provisional psychologists aren’t eligible to offer Medicare rebates, they charge out at a much lower rate than the registered psychologists in the Centre. They aren’t limited in the number of sessions they can provide either. When working with families, they are still doing exactly the same things a fully registered psychologist would be doing with a family. However they have a psychologist on call that they can check in with to make sure they are heading in the right direction.

They are also required to do extensive professional development each year which means they are regularly learning about different ways to help their client.

Not all clients will be referred to our provisional psychology team in the Centre. We try to make sure that clients are matched with the psychologist with the right skills mix. However you are welcome to enquire about seeing a provisional psychologist if you think this is an option for your child.

Please contact reception for more information about our provisional psychologists or any of our other services on 9274 7062.

Naomi Ward

Clinical Director

News 25 Feb 2021

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New staff and more services…

It’s been a bumpy start to the school year! At the Centre we are really enjoying being able to see our clients again…without the inconvenience of a face mask!

This year our team at Child Wellbeing Centre, Midland has expanded. We now have two occupational therapists working with us (Tori French and Claudia McKie). We also have a new speech pathologist (Fang Min Lim) working with us too. 

Our ABACAS team will shortly be training up some new behaviour therapists to join the team too.

As we settle into the school term, you are very welcome to contact Reception about our services. We are running a waitlist for most services now and they will be able to give you an idea of wait times which can vary week to week.

From all of us at the Centre, we hope you and your child/ren have a lovely term!

Naomi Ward

Clinical Director



31 Jan 2021

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COVID-19 Lockdown this week (01 to 05 Feb)
Dear Families,
The Child Wellbeing Centre will be open this week to support you and your children. However, services are going to be a little different.
We have been advised that all services need to be via Telehealth (videoconference) for this week.
However, in some instances, our psychologists may be able to see your child face to face. Please contact Reception for further information.
We can’t offer any home-based consultations this week. Hopefully, this will be an option again next week.
We will be in touch to talk to you about whether you would like to go ahead with a Telehealth appointment or reschedule. You are also welcome to call us too.
In the meantime, please stay safe and well.
From all of us at the Child Wellbeing Centre
Please note this is an update of the original post dated 31 January 2021.
05 Jan 2021

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School holiday hours

Just to let you know that the office opened on Monday 4th January. We will be working through-out the school holidays, with the exception of the Australia Day holiday.

Please feel free to contact Reception on 9274 7062 to make an appointment for your child.

19 Dec 2020

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Office Holiday Hours

Merry Christmas!

Dear Families,

Our office will be closing on Thursday 24 December at midday and we will be re-opening on Monday 4 January 2021.

From all of us at the Child Welbeing Centre, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!

12 Oct 2020

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Changes to Medicare Mental Health Rebates

Last week the Federal government announced plans to extend the number of Medicare supported mental health sessions for all Australians. This was part of a response to the pandemic. It was a recognition that whether we are in lock-down or not,  the challenges of this year are impacting many people’s sense of wellbeing.

What do the changes mean?

For those of our clients who are accessing a GP Mental Health Care Plan, this now means that you can access up to 20 sessions a calendar year should you need them. Until now, we’ve always had a cap of 10 in a calendar year. 

What do I need to do?

Current client? You don’t need to anything if you are currently seeing one of the psychologists in the Centre. When you get near the end of the first 10 sessions, your psychologist will talk to you about your child’s progress and your options. You may need to go back to your GP for a re-referral to access the additional 10 Medicare rebates. Your psychologist will write a report with recommendations for your GP to support this.

Previous Client (wanting to return)? Please feel free to recontact the Centre if you were a previous client and had to stop because you used all 10 sessions this year.  You will need to see your GP to obtain a re-referral prior to seeing your child’s psychologist again. Your GP should already have a report from your psychologist from your last contact.

New client to the Centre? Then it’s business as usual if you want to use mental health care rebates. GPs usually prefer you to book in for a long appointment with them to allow time to discuss your child’s wellbeing. From this, they can make an assessment and referral for you as needed. With new referrals (and curent ones), your GP will want you to see them after the sixth and 10th session (if you need more sessions) for a review.

The announcement of the additional Medicare Mental Health rebates was really welcomed news from the government last week.  I note that the decision is going to be reviewed in June 2022. However, in the meantime this lets us all get on with the task of caring and supporting our children. 

Naomi Ward

Clinical Director

18 Sep 2020

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What is Applied Behaviour Analysis or ABA?

Applied Behaviour Analysis (or ABA) is an intensive intervention used with children with developmental disabilities. It’s not as well known as other forms of intervention (e.g. speech pathology and occupational therapy)  but is no less effective.

What is ABA?

ABA is built on the principles of learning and understanding the function of behaviour. As an example, young children may temper tantrum for a range of reasons. This may be because they can’t tell you what they want, they are tired, they won’t accept your “no” or they really, really want the toy/object/treat.

Once we understand why behaviour is occurring,  we can change it. Sometimes this will be through building new skills or teaching alternatives ways to get needs met.  Sometimes this might be through teaching tolerance to that word “no” (one possible outcome of the example above). 

ABA is Person-Centred

A large component of an ABA approach is taking data. It’s because of this that people sometimes feel that ABA might be impersonal, or out of touch with our loved ones.

At the Child Wellbeing Centre, we see ABA as an individualised child-centred intervention. Goals are negotiated with parents (children too where possible) based on the principles of improving quality of life and day to day function. We want our clients to develop skills in communication, learning, socialising and behaviour. Working with a range of clients, there is nothing more watching children develop and learn. 

An ABA program should include people who are significant to the client e.g. parents and carers. ABA programs for older children will often involve teachers and have input from other therapists too.

Please feel free to contact the Centre for more information about our ABA therapy services (ABACAS) on 9274 7062. We’re very happy to have a chat about how ABA services might work for your child.

A resilient family is also a strong one 13 Aug 2020

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Resilience in Children

2020 is the year that is testing our collective and individual Resilience. As we watch tragic events around the country and world, it’s hard not to feel worry or sadness, and in some instances anger. This is proving to be a very tough year on us all, including our children.

What do we mean by resilience?

Resilience is our ability to cope well with the ups and downs of life. A bit like a rubber band, how well do we spring back after we’ve been stretched by a challenge. Depending on the type and number of challenges we face, our resilience might be quite low, and we don’t’ spring back easily. Low Resilience can result in feeling anxious about the next challenge, feeling down about ourselves, and perhaps not managing the next challenge as well as we would like to. When challenges pile up, like they have been doing this year, our resilience suffers and we might begin to feel overwhelmed.

There are different ideas about how resilience develops. The most common theory is that it is a mixture of personality factors, our environment (e.g. home and school), and our perceived level of support.  As a parent, now is a good time to check in with our children and gauge our children’s resilience.

How can we improve our child’s resilience?

Here are some areas to consider…


Mental health research consistently points out that children who feel supported and have strong relationships with their parents are better able to cope. Now is the time for open discussions that provide reassurance and demonstrate care. Simply having a strong positive relationship with your child, all by itself, helps them.


We all need to feel that we are capable and confident. It’s also how we learn to problem solve and cope with failure. Experiences of success at home and school, coupled with your recognition and praise, can really help to improve confidence and resilience. Giving your children challenges, helping them to succeed and acknowledging their success, goes a long way in supporting their resilience, emotional well-being and sense of stability. At the same time, undue or harsh criticism can erode this too.


Managing strong feelings well is a sign of healthy resilience. However, many children don’t manage strong feelings easily or naturally.  You can help by showing how you cope positively with challenge and teach your own calming strategies to your child. There are so many resources online about different ways that we can teach our children these skills.

Interested in knowing a bit more about resilience? We’ve included a link to another article that you might find helpful: https://psychcentral.com/lib/10-tips-for-raising-resilient-kids/

If you feel as though your child’s resilience or capacity to cope at the moment is low, and you need some assistance in supporting them, our experienced psychologists are ready to share their expertise.  Please call our Reception on 9274 7062 for further information.

Naomi Ward, Director and Sharon Jones, Principal Psychologist