NOW OPEN: University of the Sunshine Coast psychology students Julie Paschke, Amanda Kuchel and Danielle Welch at the Thompson Institute's USC Psychology Clinic.
NOW OPEN: University of the Sunshine Coast psychology students Julie Paschke, Amanda Kuchel and Danielle Welch at the Thompson Institute's USC Psychology Clinic. USC

Mental health clinic to help 1000 people every year for free

A NEW psychology clinic in Birtinya will help hundreds of people for free every year, with 1000 appointments available.

Local philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson donated several million dollars, which allowed the purchase of the building to establish a centre for excellence in mental health research and teaching, the University of the Sunshine Coast's Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute.

The USC's Psychology Clinic, which has assessed and treated members of the public for almost 10 years at its Sippy Downs campus, is now open at the Thompson Institute.

Clinic director Dr Dixie Statham said the relocation to the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute to the Birtinya building would have significant benefits for the public and for USC's capacity to provide excellent clinical teaching and research opportunities for students and staff.

The university's new counselling clinic has become the second clinic to start operating from the three-storey institute at 12 Innovation Parkway.

It is giving final-year Master of Counselling students the opportunity to support the local community through free services.

The world-class mental health facility now taking shape will be a teaching, research and clinical hub focused on issues such as depression and dementia.

The purpose-built Psychology Clinic has four rooms and is open five days a week from 9am to 5pm. Patients are referred by their GP or mental health professional, or they can self-refer and call to request an appointment.

"We'll be able to offer 1,000 appointments a year, still at no cost to our clients," said Dr Statham.

"The most common problems we work with are anxiety, depression, stress and substance use."

Contact the clinic on 5459 4514 or email psychology@usc.edu.au

To contact the USC Counselling Clinic call 5459 4514 or email counsellingclinic@usc.edu.au


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