About Sonder

Sonder delivers a range of integrated community health services including mental health counselling, addiction services, employment support and Aboriginal health

Sonder has a long 26 year history of working with and for general practice. Sonder has a diverse funding base which includes both the Adelaide Primary Health Network and Country South Australia Primary Health Network, headspace national, state government, in addition to private funders.

Sonder is proud to have been selected by the Adelaide Primary Health Network as the preferred provider to deliver mental health services in the northern and central western suburbs. This is in addition to services delivered by Sonder in the Country SA Primary Health Network region; the Gawler-Barossa corridor.

As a result, Sonder is one of the leading and largest providers of high quality, mental health services available to the community. Over the past 25 years, we have earned a solid reputation for the provision of high quality, evidence-based clinical psychological therapy services that are relevant to the complex needs of the local community. We deliver clinical services across the age range and complexity of mental health concerns.

Additionally, Sonder delivers a range of integrated community health services including employment support and Aboriginal health.

Sonder delivers programs across metropolitan Adelaide and country SA, with offices located in Edinburgh North, Port Adelaide, Onkaparinga and Nuriootpa. Click to view a map showing our region.

At Sonder, we are committed to improving the patient journey through integrated and coordinated care to ensure our clients are able to access multiple service types to address their requirements and receive high quality, culturally appropriate care in a timely manner.

Youth Mental Health

headspace Edinburgh North, Onkaparinga & Adelaide

Sonder is the lead agency for headspace Edinburgh North, headspace Onkaparinga and headspace Adelaide. headspace provides a comprehensive early intervention mental health service for 12-25 year olds. headspace endeavours to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for issues affecting their wellbeing.

Research highlights that more than 75 per cent of mental health disorders begin before the age of 25. headspace provides a holistic approach to supporting young people through four core areas: mental health, physical (including sexual) health, alcohol and other drug services and employment services through our tailored headspace Employment Program. Offering ‘wrap-around’ services ensures any young person seeking support from headspace can have their needs met in a safe and supportive environment.

Additionally, the headspace Edinburgh North centre facilitates the work of IMPACT, a research program launched by Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. IMPACT aims to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of providing a physical activity intervention in addition to usual treatment for young people with mental illness.

Adult Mental Health

We strive to help our clients to develop new skills for mental wellbeing. Sonder provides a suite of psychological therapies for people aged 5 years and over, and across the diagnostic criteria.

Therapeutic counselling is delivered by highly skilled and experienced Mental Health Clinicians, including Psychologists, Mental Health Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses who are trained to provide short term focused psychological strategies in the treatment of mild to moderate mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression as well as more severe and complex mental health issues.

Specialised therapeutic counselling is available for:

  • People living with a co-occurring mental illness and drug and alcohol problems
  • Children and families;
  • People living with a serious, progressive and potentially life limiting illness, including the palliative phase;
  • Older people living in a Residential Aged Care Facility;
  • On-site services at local Aboriginal Community  Health Services;
  • Women presenting with perinatal depression and anxiety;
  • People at risk of suicide or self-harm;
  • People living with a mental illness and drug & alcohol problems;
  • People who have been diagnosed with a low prevalence, severe and highly complex mental    health issue;
  • Young people.

Aboriginal Health

Our Closing the Gap program provides short-term support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with complex chronic disease who are unable to effectively manage their condition. Chronic disease could include; diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory or kidney disease and eye health conditions associated with diabetes.

The Closing the Gap program adopts a team approach. Both Outreach Workers and Care Coordinators will work with clients to support them to access medical care and other culturally appropriate health and community services. 

Working together, our team can help clients to develop self-management skills to better manage chronic conditions and live a longer, healthier lives.

GP & Allied Health Professional Support

Sonder is the sole provider of Adelaide Primary Health Network funded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Education and Training in the northern and western metropolitan regions. Sonder holds accreditation registrations with both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, delivering close to 100 education sessions for health professionals, staff and community members each year. 

Sonder has a strong and long history of building and sustaining both workforce and community capacity. Sonder has developed a variety of networks which bring together allied health professionals from general practices or medical specialists. The networks act a forum to build the capacity of general practices and medical specialists to learn about the changing face of the primary health sector, to share opportunities to improve the patient experience, to be inspired by a range of exciting speakers and to be a voice for change.

Sonder currently provides support through a variety of professional networks to Practice Owners, Practice Managers, Practice Nurses and GPs. 

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