Home' Southern Health News : Southern Health News August 2013 Contents Student-run
clinic starts at
Final year psychology students
from Flinders University are
o ering a free clinic at GP
Plus Super Clinic Noarlunga
to prepare themselves for
practice after the completion of
The clinic, which is available on
Thursday and Friday each week,
offers psychological treatment such
as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
and Acceptance and Commitment
Therapy, for a range of issues.
Clinical Psychologist Alex Brooks,
who supervises the students, said
it would help them to practice
skills learnt at university, continue to
practice in a professional and ethical
manner, develop further self-insight
and self-reflective practice, participate
in a multidisciplinary team, and
develop their knowledge of resources
and services available, all of which will
prepare them for the "real world of
"The students, otherwise known as
provisional psychologists, are either
completing their final year of their
Master of Psychology (six years full
time) or their Clinical PhD (eight
years full time)," Ms Brooks said.
"Shortly after completion of this
clinical placement the provisional
psychologists will become
registered psychologists, practicing
independently within the public
service or private practice.
"It is also excellent for clients as they
are provided with a free service that
is readily accessible and supervised
by an experienced psychologist."
The student-run psychology service
is available to adults and clients can
self-refer or be referred via GPs or
For more information about
the clinic or to make an
appointment, visit GP Plus Super
Clinic Noarlunga, 20 Alexander
Kelly Drive, Noarlunga Centre or
call (08) 8164 9111.
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The sensory garden, which was
donated by Noarlunga Bunnings
and the Rotary Club of Noarlunga,
includes a range of plants, from
flowers for the eyes, lemon and herb
plants to smell and fruit trees for
The Southern Intermediate Care
Centre is a specialist, mental health,
short stay residential facility located
at Noarlunga. The ICC is designed
to enable consumers to regain a
sense of wellbeing and to reconnect
with their family, friends and the
community following a period of
Southern ICC Manager Sue Crouch
said the planting process involved
Bunning's volunteers and Rotary
members working together with ICC
Green retreat for the senses
BY MONIQUE PASCHKE
A courtyard at the Southern Intermediate Care Centre at Noarlunga has been transformed
into a growing sensory garden, with the help of some local community spirit.
"Throughout the process we had some
active engagement and participation
from our residents ," she said.
"This gave our consumers a real
sense of achievement in learning
new skills and being involved in the
creation of something new."
Sue said ICC consumers would
experience many benefits from the
sensory aspects of the garden.
"The garden provides a place where
consumers can sit, relax and take
in the sights, smells and tastes
around them. It is also a place where
they can take time out to pick the
produce or tend to the garden.
"Consumers also enjoy fresh
produce from the vegetable garden,
which encourages them to learn
more about healthy lifestyles and
how to cook healthy meals."
Sue thanked the Bunnings and
Rotary volunteers whose donation
of plants, seedlings, a worm farm
and many hours of labour, made the
"This project has led to a wonderful
connection between mental health
and the Bunnings and Rotary
communities," she said.
The Southern ICC is designed like a
residential style dwelling to provide
consumers with continuity with
everyday life in the community.
The ICC provides a number of
support and education activities to
assist consumers with important
life skills, such as decision making,
goal planning and connecting to
For more information about the
Southern ICC call (08) 8164 9855.
Southern Intermediate Care
Centre (ICC) consumer LC with
ICC Manager Sue Couch.
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