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Service Update: COVID-19

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Service Update: Welcome Sarah Doyle and Michal Fisher

By now, everyone has made some adjustments to their routines and lives due to COVID-19 and it is no different at Quirky Kid. Below are some important updates from our team.

The key takeaway is that we are still
here to support you and your family during this period while playing our part to stop the spread of the virus.

In line with the latest advice from the Australian Government, we are reducing our face-to-face interactions, as appropriate. Please check often as this post will be updated with more information as it becomes available,

Online Support

We have been providing online consultations for many years already. In fact, Quirky Kid started offering phone and online services in 2007 when we launched our first website from Darwin. For us, Telehealth feels like a walk in the park.

If you prefer to complete your sessions by phone or video, ask our reception and we’ll arrange it for you.

We also have a weekly online Lunch and Learn session with Quirky Kid Psychologist to help parents support Children’s wellbeing during COVID-19.

Support to Schools

We have adjusted some of our programs and service deliveries to support schools in maintaining the wellbeing of their students. These initiatives include supporting schools with counselling for students in need and adapting some of our programs for online delivery. Schools can engage us in:

  • Delivering The Best of Friends and Basecamp as an online program. Our team of facilitators will host weekly sessions at set times to groups of students. Participants will receive a copy of the Program workbook and attend sessions with trained facilitators.
  • Access The Power Up program to support high achieving students with reduced bulk purchases of licenses.

Reducing our Fees

The Australian government has announced new medicare item to ensure healthcare can be delivered to all Australians during this time. Quirky Kid has also take initiative to support families. For a limited period, will reduce the cost of online consultations and some of the other individual services to provide our clients and community can continue to access support for their families, during the next 2 months.

There has been some changes to Medicare with clients in some circumstances being eligible for bulk-billing rates on the new telehealth items.We are not a bulk-billing service but will update our policies to offer options to clients significantly impacted by COVID-19.

Hours of Operation

We are reducing our hours of operation for the safety of our team. From April 2020, our clinics will be open to clients on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only from 9.30-6.00pm.

During these hours, we have new guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID19. You can read all the details at our Help Centre. These initiatives include:

  • All parent sessions to be conducted online or by phone.
  • Our waiting rooms are closed. Please drop-off and pick-up only. Your psychologist can provide feedback in a separate parent session.
  • Phone and email support from QK reception is available.
  • Hygiene practices of the highest standard are our new normal.

More Information 

In addition, Quirky Kid is following the guidance of the World Health Organisation and The Australian Psychological Society for further updates. 

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) such as its symptoms, steps you can take to protect yourself, and what to do if you are affected.
  • Australian Government Department of Health: The Department of Health has developed a collection of resources for the general public, health professionals and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19), including translated resources.

We appreciate your understanding as we seek to avoid any unnecessary risks to the health of our Quirky community, our homes, housemates, families and everyone in between. Thank you for your continued support.

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Service Update: Welcome Sarah Doyle

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Service Update: Welcome Sarah Doyle and Michal Fisher

I have recently joined the Quirky Kid team in Woollahra and Austinmer in a Customer Support role.

Why have I moved to Quirky Kid?

I am so excited to be a part of the Quirky Kid team! Quirky Kid is a dynamic and forward thinking clinic who stand out among others in Psychology. What I find really inspiring about Quirky Kid is that there is a common goal to thrive. Everyone in the Quirky Kid team is passionate about implementing change and supporting the younger generations. I am passionate to continue to work with children and adolescents. It excites me that I have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger working for Quirky Kid.

Sarah Doyle

What are my skills?

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at The University of Wollongong to further my qualifications, recently completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Counselling. I have enjoyed spending the last few years working, travelling and volunteering for organisations such as the Starlight Foundations ‘Livewire’ and more recently across schools in Kenya. At Quirky Kid I will continue developing my skills to prepare me to enter the field at the completion of my degree.

What will my role at Quirky Kid be?

I initially started volunteering at Quirky Kid Clinic as the Lunch and Learn Coordinator. This role opened up an amazing opportunity for me to meet with leaders in the field of psychology and to rub shoulders with highly regarded professionals who inspire me. The opportunity to sit in on Quirky Kids internal professional development during our Lunch and Learn sessions has been invaluable in my personal development and career development.

Coming to the end of my volunteer contract I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to apply for a permanent role assisting with the running of the office and supporting our lovely team of psychologists across both our Woollahra and Austinmer clinics. My role includes conducting intake calls, organising and managing QK workshops, day to day administration and customer service. With the opportunities I have been given in Quirky Kid so far, I am keen to continue developing my skills by taking on new roles and responsibilities and will soon be assisting in facilitating Quirky Kid group programs.

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Service Update: Welcome Belinda Nixon

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Service update: Welcome Belinda Nixon and Michal Fisher.

 

I have recently joined the Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra and Austinmer as a Senior Psychologist.  I bring with me experience working in a busy private practice with children, adolescents and families, with a variety of presentations including anxiety; depression; challenging behaviours; social and emotional problems; trauma; bullying; toileting and attachment difficulties. My approach is child-centred and inclusive of parents in the therapeutic process. I work within a cognitive behavioural therapy framework and an interpersonal therapy framework with an attachment focus.

I have a strong background in psychometric assessments and diagnostic assessments for children with attention difficulties, learning disorders, and intellectual disabilities.

During 2007, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)  at Macquarie University. In 2011 I completed my internship at The READ Clinic, on the Central Coast working with children and adults with complex presentations. I began my career working with children on the autism spectrum, at the Lizard Centre, Sydney, delivering Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy to children in the home and shadowing children at school.

 

 

During my internship, I volunteered at Lifeline, taking crisis calls. I also worked for a corporate psychology company coordinating crisis support for critical incidents.

Together with Professor Ashleigh Craig at the University of Sydney, I researched the mental health and best practice assessment and intervention of newly injured spinal cord patients.

I am passionate about travel and I’m aiming to see as many of the top 100 lonely planet destinations as I can. Currently sitting on 35. Next destination … Japan. During summer, I am at the beach, as I love anything by the water. Other interests include creative pursuits, delicious food, and trying new experiences.

Why have I moved to Quirky Kid?

I have enjoyed working in private practice for the last 5 years. Working in a busy private practice provided me with the opportunity to work autonomously and develop my personal boundaries and clinical skills. However, the team environment attracted me to Quirky Kid. I am excited to join a team of friendly and experienced professionals who I can both learn from and contribute to.

Quirky Kid’s vision to make meaningful contributions to the social and emotional development of children inspired me to join this progressive and exciting company.

What are my skills?

My expertise is in working with children, adolescents and parents to develop their interpersonal relationships, and implement strategies to improve their emotional, behavioural and social skills.  I am skilled in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families.

In my experience, a holistic approach to client care, including liaison with teachers, doctors and allied health professionals, provides the best outcomes for the child.

What will my role at QK be?

My role will be to engage and build a trusting relationship with children and parents/carers and to provide evidence-based interventions and assessments.  

Consultations will typically involve an initial assessment of the background information provided by the parents/carers, and follow up consultations with the child or adolescent. Parents/carers are essential to the outcomes of children and will be included throughout the therapeutic process. When needed, allied health professionals, doctors and teachers may be consulted.

Part of my role will be delivering social and emotional programs and anxiety management group programs at Quirky Kid clinic.

I am very excited about joining the Quirky Kid team and empowering children and young people to achieve their potential. Please feel free to contact our reception on 02 9362 9297 for any enquiries or further information.

 

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Service Update: Welcome Jackie Tritt

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Service update: Welcome Belinda Nixon and Michal Fisher.

I have recently joined the Quirky Kid team, based in Woollahra, as a Child Psychologist and Board Certified Behavioural Analyst.  I bring with me a range of child, adolescent and family clinical experience gained in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. I completed my Masters of Applied Psychology in 2015, and my Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology in 2016 at the University of Waikato. In June 2016, I passed the Behaviour Analyst international exam and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). 

I have always loved working with children and their families and began my career as an Applied Behaviour Analyst (ABA) therapist in Auckland, New Zealand in 2002. I gained clinical experiences working with children from the age of 18-months old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I was promoted from a junior to senior therapist within 2 years and completed an 8-month work secondment in Al Ain, UAE. Following extensive travel adventures I returned to working with children with a development disability in 2009 as an Autism Advisor supporting families with a child recently diagnosed with an ASD.

From 2010 to 2013 I worked as a Senior ABA Therapist at The Lizard Centre. In this role I worked with children ranging in age from 18 months old to 10 years old with a developmental disability, I ran ESDM, VB-MAPP and functional behaviour assessments. I implemented individualized evidence-based early intervention programs, trained parents, junior therapists and education staff to implement challenging behaviour intervention plans and ran social skills groups. I gained immense satisfaction from being a part of the child’s developmental progress, improving relationships between the child and their family and supporting the child to transition to an educational placement.

More recently during my provisional psychology placement I worked with children and adolescents who experienced a range of psychological presentations including ASD, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, various Chromosomal abnormalities, Intellectual Disability, Anxiety, Depression, Traumatic Brain Injury and Developmental Disabilities.  My role included running functional behaviour assessments and psychometric assessments, and developing and implementing individualized evidence-based treatment interventions including ABA and ACT interventions. I presented staff training workshops in both educational and rehabilitation settings. Prior to starting with Quirky Kid I worked as a Psychologist and BCBA with Momentum Learning Services developing and implementing individualized evidence-based early intervention programs for children with a developmental disability, anxiety or emotional regulation concerns from the age of 2 to 16 years old.   

Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?

I have moved to the Quirky Kid team for both personal and professional reasons. Firstly, for personal reasons I am excited to be based in the clinic at Woollahra, and secondly, I am excited to be developing my clinical expertise working in a role where I can participate fully in both the early diagnosis of developmental disabilities, and the individualised treatment development and implementation of evidence-based interventions with a broad range of client presentations.   

What are my skills?

I am patient, kind, have a fun sense of humour and enjoy supporting children to exceed their potential. I enjoy taking the time to develop a strong therapeutic rapport with my clients and their families. I typically work within a cognitive-behavioural framework with extensive ABA and behavioural experience. I am a passionate advocator for early diagnosis and individualised early intervention programs for children in relation to a strengths and weaknesses based model.

What will my role at QK be?

My role as a Child Psychologist will be to provide assessments and individualised evidence-based interventions to children and their families at the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra. Consultations will typically involve the child, their parents and or carers.  I will work collaboratively with all stakeholder’s in the child’s support network including educational and or allied health professionals.  I will be involved in facilitating a range of Quirky kid group programs offered at the clinic.

I am incredibly excited about my new role at Quirky Kid and I look forward to meeting with you and working with you as a client or colleague in the future. Please feel free to contact our reception on 02 9362 9297 for any enquiries or further information.

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Service Update: NDIS Ready

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Service update: Welcome Belinda Nixon and Michal Fisher.

Good News! The Quirky Kid Clinic is now a registered provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

About the NDIS

The NDIS is aimed at providing increased access to services for people living with disability. The funding scheme is designed to provide the right support according to each person’s needs and goals. It supports the delivery of specialised individual therapy, and individual assessment for early childhood intervention.

Eligible families can access services from a panel of Service Providers, like the Quirky Kid Clinic, to help cover the cost of early intervention. Please ask us about which psychologists you can see and the services you can access using your NDIS plan.

In NSW, the NDIS will be rolled out by district. When the NDIS commences in a district, people currently receiving supports through New South Wales Government specialist disability services will be moving first. Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people with a disability start their plans with the NDIS.

  • To begin, if you have an agency or managed plan, please call our reception on + 02 9362 9297 (make sure to mention the NDIS) and we can organise an initial consultation with one of our psychologists, to formulate a plan moving forward.
  • If you are not currently receiving disability supports you can apply to access the NDIS from the 1st of July 2018 (only those in urgent or exceptional circumstances). You may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS phasing in your area. You can use the checklist on the NDIS website, to see if your child meets the NDIS rules.

For more information on how you can use your NDIS funding with the Quirky Kid Clinic, please call + 02 9362 9297 or email us at support@quirkykid.com.au

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