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Southern Downs Wellbeing Support Service offers a diverse range of professional and personal services.

Counselling & Support for QAS & QFES members and family.

Rehability Australia - Support Coordination, Professional Supervision, mediation, Counselling, Community Development & Perinatal support

Kathy Payne is well known across the Southern Downs for warm, positive and professional support services and the creative community projects she has delivered across a 20 year practice in various roles.  Kathy keenly participates in ongoing professional development and networking within the health and community sector, staying abreast of all relevant opportunities for improving therapy and assisting her clients.  She offers Specialised Support Coordination through Rehability Australia for Participants accessing NDIS. http://rehabilityaustralia.com.au 

As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker registered with Medicare, Focused Psychological Therapies are provided through the Commonwealth funded Better Access to Mental Health Care, enabling client to claim a rebate from Medicare. 


Kathy graduated from Charles Sturt University with a BA in Social Welfare in 1992 and a Bachelor of Social Work in 2005.  She has worked with children in care and their families, provided adoption counselling, worked within the education and aged care sectors, and in general social work locum positions providing crisis intervention support, counselling, commmunity development, mediation and supervision. She currently shares her time between private practice and Headspace Warwick.  Her experience has provided a solid background for working with children, adolescents, adults and families.

Kathy's areas of professional interest include support coordination, perinatal support, professional and clinical supervision, relationship counselling, family mediation, with a special interest in advocating within the disability sector and for  domestic violence & homelessness issues.  Always endevouring to provide a positive and practical framework for her clients who struggle with mental health or social issues and wish to improve their general wellbeing and functioning.  Kathy values living and working in the Southern Downs community and an active member of a number of grass roots organisations and groups.  

On the Southern Downs Kathy is the provider of counselling and crisis support for Vital - Qld Fire & Emergency Services Support Network (QFES) & QAS - Priority One Ambulance Service. 


Therapy is tailored to suit the client and situation, often using a combination strengths-based, non-directive, psychological focused strategies which are evidence-based therapeutic approaches approved for use by Medicare Australia. 


Referrals are not necessary however many clients are referred by GPs, psychiatrists and paediatricians under the Better Access program. Better Access enables doctors to develop Mental Health Treatment Plans for their patients and refer them for therapy. Clients referred through Mental Health Treatment Plans are eligible to claim a rebate from Medicare for up to 10 therapy sessions per calendar year. Self referrals or referrals by support organisations are welcomed.

Read about what Accredited Mental Health Social Workers do: 

Click Here to find out how to recognise a qualified Social Worker.

Click Here for more information about Accredited Mental Health Social Workers.

Click Here for information about the Australian Government's Better Access initiative which enables eligible clients to claim a Medicare rebate for counselling.