What is The Poppy Centre?
The Poppy Centre provides a safe place, and offers support and services to children aged 0-11 years and their families and carers, focused on improving their mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.
Research demonstrates that 75 per cent of mental health disorders emerge before the age of 25. The Poppy Centre, working in partnership with families and carers, provides early holistic care and support to infants and young children (0-11yrs) who have mild to moderate ranges of mental health needs with the aim to change the trajectory of their emotional development and decrease the risk of developing more serious problems.
What to expect at The Poppy Centre?
The service provides a range of time limited (up to 6 months) assessment, engagement, therapeutic and educational opportunities for children, families and carers. Services may be delivered directly by The Poppy Centre team members or in collaboration with other support agencies (e.g., Partners in Recovery, Mercy Family Services, Kambu and Queensland Health) as well as local child care providers.
- assessment and screening for developmental disorders and mental illness
- skill development
- relationship/attachment focused interventions
- group interventions and
- referral pathways.
The Poppy Centre has been fitted out to be a fun, safe and accessible environment for children and their families/carers. The centre includes large rooms that are big enough to accommodate whole of family meetings; therapeutic resources and toys to encourage interaction and engagement; large group rooms to allow the delivery of parenting programs, playgroup and therapeutic group programs; and a large playhouse that was built with supplies and sponsorship by young people accessing Ipswich Youth Justice.
The quality of the relationship between infants and young children and their parents and caregivers provides the environment in which they grow and develop. For this reason we work with parents and their children to develop the best relationship possible, meaning we need parents to come with their child to access our service and actively participate in the program. Each child and their families and carers receive a holistic assessment and have a support plan developed especially to meet their individual needs.
Who can you find at the Poppy Centre?
The Poppy Centre has a team of caring qualified clinical and non-clinical professionals with a variety of backgrounds who work together to provide a holistic response to parents/carers and their child.
In addition, The Poppy Centre can offer a range of services including;
- Clinical Psychologist
- General Psychologists
- Mental Health Social Workers
- Speech Pathologists and
- Mental Health Occupational Therapists
Privacy and Confidentiality
At The Poppy Centre we are here to listen and will keep your information private and confidential, unless there are safety concerns. For more information or to view our Privacy and Confidentiality Policy please ask one of our friendly staff.
Will I be involved?
Studies show that parents and carers who are involved in their children’s wellbeing and care get better outcomes, so wherever possible we encourage families and carers to come and support their child.
What are the costs involved with visiting The Poppy Centre?
The services we provide are almost always free. If there is ever a cost involved, you will be informed of this beforehand and will be able to discuss your options with our helpful staff.
Education and Training
The Poppy Centre is also a place of learning for families, carers and professionals. To subscribe to our email list for information and training opportunities please email our office.