03 Jan 2022

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We’re back from the holidays and open!

We’re hoping everyone is having a lovely holiday!

Just to let you know that the team are back on board from Tuesday 04 January 2022.

This week, in keeping with instructions from the Health Department, everyone over 12 years of age needs to be wearing a face mask in our Centre. Telehealth consultations may also be an option for clients too.

Feel free to call Reception on (08) 9274 7062 to discuss appointment options.

 

 

14 Dec 2021

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Holiday Office Hours

Dear Families,

After a very busy year, our staff will be taking a well earned break.

Our office will close at 12 noon on Friday 24 December 2021 and we will be re-opening on Tuesday 04 January 2022.

To all of our clients and families we wish you a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to catching up with you again in the New Year!

Best wishes,

The Child Wellbeing Centre

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.

Details

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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Occupational Therapist Team / Psychologists / Speech Pathologist

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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:

https://www.childwellbeingcentre.net.au/about-us/

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:

https://www.childwellbeingcentre.net.au/about-us/

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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ABACAS Team / Occupational Therapist Team / Speech Pathologist

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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