New Head to Health community mental health centres open in Perth metro

11 Aug 2023

By The Record

St John of God New Head to Health Launch
Photo: Supplied /SJOG.

St John of God Health Care has opened two new Head to Health adult mental health services in Gosnells and Mirrabooka to provide free advice, support and, if needed, assessment and treatment for people in these communities experiencing stress, anxiety and other mental health and wellbeing concerns.

St John of God Social Outreach, part of St John of God Health Care, has been operating WA’s first Head to Health Centre in Midland since March last year and will open another in Armadale later this year.

Head to Health in WA is funded by the Australian Government under the Primary Health Network Program and aims to provide caring and inclusive mental health support in a calm, safe, and welcoming community setting.

St John of God Social Outreach CEO Susan Cantwell said the decision to co-locate the new Gosnells and Mirrabooka services within medical practices was important for ease of access and for ensuring they become an integral part of the local communities.

“There is currently high demand for mental health support in the broader Gosnells and Mirrabooka areas, so we welcome the opportunity to establish and operate these new Head to Health services in places where they will really make a difference,” she said.

Ms Cantwell said services were provided at no cost, with no referral, appointment or Medicare card needed, and were established with the input of people experiencing mental health concerns, local service providers and community members.

Mirrabooka Head to Health is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and is located in the MedOne Medical Centre (in the MYVISTA building) at Unit 5/3 Doncaster Rd, Mirrabooka.

Gosnells Head to Health is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and is located at Corfield Medical Centre at 288 Corfield St, Gosnells.

Both services have ample free parking and are easily accessible by public transport.

Phone 1800 595 212 or go to Head to Health to find out more.

St John of God Social Outreach is part of St John of God Health Care, which operates a number of private hospitals and a public hospital, as well as no-cost, community-based mental health and homelessness services in WA, NSW, and Victoria.

Operating Head to Health adult mental health centres contributes to the organisation’s mental health strategy, which seeks to expand their services in response to community need and design services with a strong person-centred philosophy to provide a better experience for mental health consumers.