Health & wellbeing

Young Person Agreement and Confidentiality Statement

30 Mar 2020

Cancellation Policy

We know that life can be unpredictable and you may need to reschedule an appointment. If you can’t make your appointment, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible.

For all appointments at headspace Taringa, we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice for cancelling appointments. To cancel and reschedule an appointment, you can:

 

We do not charge fees for missed appointments and we would like to keep it that way. Please help us to do this by letting us know when you can’t attend.

Why is this important?

Letting us know when you need to cancel your appointment is important for a number of reasons:

  1. we are able to offer your appointment to another young person on the waitlist who needs support,
  2. we can promptly reschedule you for another appointment,
  3. by offering the appointment to someone who can make it, our clinical staff get paid for their time.

 

Repeat cancellations with late or no notice

It is our policy that if three consecutive appointments are either: a) cancelled within 24 hours; or,
b) not attended without notice being given, we will ask that your next appointment is with one of our intake team members to review barriers for engagement and develop a plan to help overcome them. We may also ask you to meet with intake if there is a regular pattern of late cancellations or missing appointments without giving notice.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation to help us to support you and other young people.

Client agreement and confidentiality statement

headspace Taringa provides services for young people aged 12 to 25 years. Depending on your needs and circumstances, our support services may include:

  • Mental health (psychological counselling, psychiatry, education and brief interventions)
  • Alcohol and other drug
  • Vocational and educational
  • Physical health

 

We want to make sure all young people and families attending our centre know how it works when they agree to come and see us.

Confidentiality

In order to provide a relevant and informed service to you, we need to collect and record personal information. This includes information about what is discussed and what happens during your sessions at headspace Taringa. This information will be accessible to members of the headspace Taringa team and workers from headspace Taringa partner agencies and other individuals/organisations working from our centre that are supporting you. We take the confidentiality and security of your information seriously, and will only share your information with other parties in the following circumstances:

  • If you give us your permission to share information with another person or organisation.
  • If we are worried about your safety or the safety of someone else and need to tell someone about this.
  • If you tell us about a missing person or serious criminal activity.
  • If we are required to disclose information by law, such as a court subpoena.
  • If you are referred to headspace by someone such as your GP or school guidance officer, we usually have to provide some feedback to them about your engagement with our service.
  • If you access services funded by Medicare, we are obligated to provide reports to the referrer (e.g. your GP) including information about assessments and treatment progress.
  • If your services are funded by Medicare, Brisbane MIND or another funding source, we need to advise them about your engagement with us for billing purposes.
  • De-identified information is shared with headspace National Office (for data collection purposes).

 

If your personal information is to be used in any other way you will be asked for consent and have the right to refuse. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please ask a headspace staff member.

Your rights

You have the right to:

  • Request to see information collected about you.
  • Not answer any questions that you do not feel comfortable with.
  • Advise us if you feel like you aren’t connecting with your headspace worker.
  • Provide us with feedback to let us know what we’re doing well and how we could be doing better.

 

Respect and dignity are really important to us here at headspace Taringa so please let us know if you have any concerns and we’ll do the same.