Country & Outback Health (CObH) is not an acute service.
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Country & Outback Health Inc (CObH) provides mental health and drug and alcohol services across rural South Australia. We have regional offices in Clare, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Ceduna, Nuriootpa and Kadina. We also provide outreach services in Roxby Downs, Coober Pedy, Streaky Bay, Wudinna, Cleve, Kimba, Cowell, Arno Bay, Jamestown, Balaklava, Clare Valley, Yorketown, Ardrosson, Minlaton and Maitland.
Please note on the Map below Orange signifies Office location and Green signifies Outreach.
Refer to each of the programs listed below to find out how to access our services.
- ADULT MENTAL HEALTH
- CHILD & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH
- DISASTER RECOVERY
- USEFUL LINKS
We provide psychological therapies for adults with mild to moderate common mental health concerns which typically include:
Our aim is to provide mental health therapies to people living in communities that would otherwise have poor access to mental health services. Our therapists are credentialed and experienced health professionals.
The objectives of our Psychological Therapy Service are to:
- Produce better outcomes for people with mental health disorders through practicing short-term, evidence based therapies
- Conduct sessions primarily face-to-face. However we also offer some sessions using online video-conferencing
- Complement our fee-for-service (Medicare or full-fee) services
Our service is focussed on:
- People living in rural and remote areas
- People experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness
- Women experiencing perinatal depression
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
The Adult Counselling Program is a service for people with a diagnosable mental health disorder – particularly if it significantly interferes with social, personal and occupational functioning. Videoconferencing technology may also be used to assist more isolated rural and remote communities, and those experiencing lengthy wait times.
GP SHARED CARE
The Shared Care with General Practitioners program delivers essential services to adults experiencing severe and complex disorders such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, bipolar affective disorder, along with severe depression, anxiety and personality disorders.
In this program our senior mental health clinicians work with clients and their GP to:
- Improve communication and collaboration between GP's and other service providers
- Provide early intervention and detection of physical health problems
- Help clients with health promotion strategies
PIR provides holistic 'wrap around' care for people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness who have complex needs.
PIR Support Facilitators work with clients to identify their needs and goals. An action plan is then developed to link the client to suitable services. Find out more...
MENTAL HEALTH NURSE INCENTIVE PROGRAM (MHNIP)
Mental health nurses assist in coordinating clinical care for people with severe mental health disorders. MHNIP operates from our Port Pirie and Jamestown offices.
CHILD & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH
Psychological therapy services are offered to children and adolescents at risk of, or currently, experiencing a mental health disorder.
This therapy is for clients 4 – 12 years. Children / families can access up to 6 sessions to assist them in addressing social and emotional difficulties that impact on learning and behaviour.
Child Counselling supports children to disclose and make sense of their experiences in order to work through difficult issues. It also provides an opportunity to learn new skills and behaviours.
The counsellor works within a developmentally and age appropriate framework that is tailored to each individual child. The service provides specialised counselling for children struggling with a range of issues such as:
- Appears often tearful
- Angry, defiant or lashing out
- Appears withdrawn
- Poor self-confidence
- Bullying or social isolation at school
- Relationship difficulties (such as with peers or family)
- Loss and grief
- Struggling to manage big emotions
- A decline in academic performance
- Self-harm or talk of self-harm
Is The Counsellor A Qualified Practitioner?
Yes. The Counsellor is university qualified and is trained in a variety of specific counselling modalities, skills and approaches.
What Happens In Sessions?
Sessions are usually up to 40 minutes in length, and often one or more sessions may be needed (though sometimes a single session may suffice). The first session will usually consist of listening to the parent’s concerns and helping the child feel comfortable and confident to speak for themselves.
Once the child is comfortable with the counsellor, it may be of benefit for them to work with the counsellor alone. Of course, each step along the way is discussed and negotiated with both parent and child.
headspace Port Augusta
headspace Port Augusta was established in 2013 and is one of a number of similar service centres across Australia.
The centre aims to improve the well-being of young people aged 12-25 years, by providing services focused on and engaging with issues of mental health, employment, and drug and alcohol. headspace prides itself on being a welcoming, inclusive and supportive service for young people.
It endeavours to provide youth friendly, accessible and integrated services with a focus on early intervention and health promotion.
headspace is supported by an active consortium that involves young people in shaping the centre’s future directions. Youth input is achieved through the Youth Crew, who play an integral and active role in the centre’s activities and management. They are supported by consortium members who have considerable experience from a wide-range of human service sectors.
For more information contact headspace, Port Augusta on 8641 4300 or click on the link below:
FliipSyde is a youth information, education and clinical treatment service in Roxby Downs. Funded by BHP, it has operated for the past five years through collaboration between BHP and Country & Outback Health
DOCS ON CAMPUS
Docs on Campus is a unique collaboration between Country & Outback Health and Mentally Fit Australia, secondary schools, and local GPs – it provides an on-campus student service that is safe, welcoming and confidential. The service model is adaptable for different school circumstances.
Services are available either face to face, or via a fixed video-conferencing unit in a suitable school room.
DISASTER RECOVERY COUNSELLING
Country & Outback Health (CObH) plays a key role in assisting with disaster recovery, for example the South Australian Pinery bushfire late 2015. We are able to provide:
- Rapid mobilisation of our workforce
- Counselling for people affected by the disaster
- Debriefing for staff groups, teachers, and response workers
- Community consultations
- Inter-agency meetings and planning sessions
- Preventative mental health and suicide prevention programs
- Providing a staff welfare advisory service to businesses and community organisations.
CObH is available to be contracted as a preferred provider of disaster response.
If you have a mental health condition that needs treatment, you might be able to get help with payment through the government programs outlined below.
Information about Medicare rebates available to patients for selected mental health services provided by GPs, psychiatrists and psychologists, along with eligible social workers and occupational therapists.
A mental health care plan is a plan for people with a mental health disorder. If you have mental health issues, your doctor can write out this plan.