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Located in the South Western Sydney (SWS) area, approximately a one-hour train ride from Central station is the neighbourhood of Campbelltown. Some facts for those who reside outside the SWS area; historically it was a small stopover area on the Hume Highway, it was named in 1810 after Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife Elizabeth Campbell, notable residents include Lisa Wilkinson and it has an array of art and culture… and true blue Aussies.
More importantly, One Door has a number of great services and programs based in Campbelltown including:
Harmony House hosts recovery-focused programs. Consumers can spend time at Harmony House participating in art and craft activities, gardening, group check-ins and discussions, social outings, preparing and eating lunch together, and outreach to other members living with mental illness.
Partners in Recovery (PIR) is a program that helps people with severe and persistent mental illness identify and access support and services they need in their recovery journey. Services may include psychology, financial support, housing, education and training, and justice services. PIR address the gaps in regional services, improve referral pathways, continue supporting the consumer in their recovery to ensure the agreed services are meeting their needs and are the gateway to NDIS.
Beautiful Minds is a support group started from the wonderful Sandra McDonald; Sandra is a carer Consultant with PIR. Beautiful Minds aims to raise awareness and funds in order to improve the hospital facilities in South Western Sydney. They have done a great job in doing so as well as having conversations and reducing the stigma of mental illness in the community. Recently Beautiful Minds sold 3,000 Waratahs as part of their Waratah Day initiative.
headspace – One Door is the lead agency for the headspace centre in Campbelltown. headspace is a great organisation for youth aged 12-25 years old, our Campbelltown centre offers services for free or at very low cost including psychologists, social workers, an alcohol and drug worker, counsellers, and a critical youth team.
Carer Services also have a base in Campbelltown, providing education, individual support, information, and advocacy. They also provide respite services.
OnFire! is also available to our South West Sydney young carers, a program designed for young carers aged 8 - 17 years whose parents or siblings are living with mental illnesses. Activities include weekend fun days out, group activities, peer support and wellbeing groups, and a two-day camp twice a year.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Talk to the team in Campbelltown about your or your loved one's eligibility for the NDIS. To find out more click here.
Personal Helpers and Mentors Employment (PHAMS). This program has a focus on gaining and keeping employment but also addresses issues such as drug and alcohol, homelessness, and increasing independence and quality of life.
One Door Health Care also services Campbelltown providing access to psychologists through Medicare Better Access Program (no gap fee) or through the You In Mind program, which provides psychological services for people who have a diagnosed mild to moderate mental illness. The services are provided by experienced mental health professionals (maximum of 12 hours per calendar year). Generally, a GP referral is required. You In Mind is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups; residents of Claymore, Airds and the 2168 postcode and people living in rural areas (Wollondilly and Wingecarribee).
To contact the One Door team in Campbelltown email firstname.lastname@example.org or to contact the One Door Health Care team email email@example.com.
To read more from the October 2017 eNews, click here.