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One Door Mental Health to establish a Head to Health satellite service in Canterbury

20221110 H2h Canterbury

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) has contracted One Door Mental Health (ODMH) to establish the Canterbury Head to Health satellite. The service will be part of the Head to Health centre and satellite network, an investment by the Australian Government. 
The satellite is expected to open its doors in early 2023. 

Due to its large population of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, Canterbury was deemed a fitting location for expanding the Head to Health network.

To better reach and service our CALD communities, the satellite is placed within easy access for culturally and linguistically diverse members of our community; it is located at Roselands on Canterbury Road which is also a short drive from Canterbury Hospital.

CESPHN CEO Nathalie Hansen says: “We are looking forward to working with One Door Mental Health as they establish this Head to Health satellite, an important addition to the mental health service landscape”. 

ODMH will be building on their existing relationships with community organisations, to co-design their service delivery to meet community needs. The current H2H Lakemba Pop Up Clinic multidisciplinary workforce, many of whom are bi-lingual, will move to the satellite in the new year as the doors to the Pop-Up clinic close. 

The satellite will be co-located in a ‘health hub’ with other services including general practice, pharmacy, radiology, skin care, audiology, eye care, dentistry and a café. 

Offering easy access to help

H2H centres and satellites are designed to provide a welcoming, low stigma, soft entry point to engagement, assessment and treatment for people who may be experiencing distress or crisis. This includes people with conditions too complex for many current primary care services but who are not eligible for, or who need more timely care than that available from state or territory public community mental health. 

Head to Health is also intended to offer immediate, short- and medium-term episodes of care and service navigation to connect people to ongoing services. The team will assist people seeking help in times of crisis to have access to on-the-spot care, advice and support.  

Head to Health (H2H) satellites are stand-alone multidisciplinary, collaborative mental health services providing immediate, and short to medium term mental health treatment and support for people in distress and/or experiencing mental health concerns.

CESPHN’s Health to Health pop up clinics, based in Lakemba and Hurstville, established in September 2021 as part of the support during the COVID restrictions, will continue to take referrals till the end of the year. Clients being supported by the clinics will complete their episodes of care at the clinics, or if they prefer, will transfer to another service.  

More information about Head to Health services can be found at the Head to Health website.