About Sonder

Sonder delivers a range of integrated community health services across metropolitan Adelaide, including mental health counselling and the Aboriginal Health program, Closing the Gap.

Sonder has a long 25 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 health projects and the Aboriginal health program, Closing the Gap.

Sonder delivers programs across metropolitan Adelaide with two main offices located at 2 Peachey Road, Edinburgh North, and more recently 2/78-80 Dale Street, Port Adelaide.

Services at co-location sites are offered in Elizabeth, Salisbury, Paralowie, Virginia, Wynn Vale, Modbury, Blair Athol, Seaton, Rosewater, Pennington, Royal Park and Edwardstown.

Additionally, Sonder has a presence in Gawler and the Barossa as well as the Mid-North and Yorke Peninsula region, with co-locations in Nuriootpa, Kapunda, Angaston, Evanston and Point Pearce. Click to view a map showing our region.

Sonder is fully accredited under ISO Standard AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015. Our accreditation status is oversighted and maintained by our internal Quality, Risk and Safety (QRS) Committee, which aims to build, maintain and support a culture of continuous quality improvement with a proactive approach to risk management and work health and safety at Sonder.

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.

Headspace Edinburgh North

Sonder is the lead agency for headspace Edinburgh North. 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, our headspace 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.

Psychological Therapies

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 also 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.

Closing the Gap

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live up to 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. The health gap exists largely as a result of decades of government inaction and a continuing lack of appropriate medical services. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders do not benefit from mainstream health services to the same extent as other Australians because health services are not accessible to many remote Aboriginal communities. Additionally, mainstream health services often lack cultural sensitivity and remain unwelcoming places for Indigenous peoples.

Under the ‘Closing the Gap- Integrated Team Care Activity (ITC)’ Program, Sonder is funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network to work towards improving access to culturally sensitive and appropriate primary healthcare services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in metropolitan Adelaide.

At Sonder, the ITC program is provided by a team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Outreach Workers and Care Coordinators. The team works in metropolitan Adelaide, Yorke and Mid North to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to obtain primary health care as required, link them with additional Indigenous services, provide care coordination services to those with chronic disease(s) who require coordinated, multidisciplinary care, and improve access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care.

GP & Allied Health Professional Supports

Sonder is the sole provider of Adelaide Primary Health Network funded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Education and Training in the northern metropolitan region. 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 to practice managers through our Northern Practice Managers Network, to nurses through our Northern Nurse Network, to GPs through our Northern Region GP Council and to practice owners through our Practice Owners Network.

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