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Hours

  • Monday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace

Wollongong

Level 1, 85 Smith Street, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500
P: (02) 4220 7660 F: (02) 4225 0057

headspace Wollongong is a free youth health service for young people aged 12-25 years. At headspace, young people have access to a variety of experienced and friendly staff. These include psychologists, counsellors, youth workers and doctors. We can also provide referrals to other services.

Some of the reasons young people come to headspace Wollongong include fights with family or friends, past or current concerns about bullying, relationship break-ups, mental health issues (such as depression or anxiety), problems at school or work, physical health concerns, sexual health and contraception, issues with alcohol or drugs... and many more.

Sometimes you might feel like something isn't quite right, but you can't pin point exactly what the problem is. That's ok too. No matter what problem you are experiencing, there is no problem too big or small. Give us a call on 4220 7660. We've got your back.





Services available

Mental Health Services

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Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.

Doctor (GP)

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GPs can help with any physical health issues as well as issues related to sexual health, drug or alcohol use, relationship problems or feeling down or upset. Your centre may have a GP on site or links to one locally. 

Sexual Health Services

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Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services. 

Alcohol & Drug Services

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Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug issue. 

Work & Study Services

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Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with work or study opportunities. 

Youth Reference Group

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A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.

Youth Programs

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Centres have a range of programs and activities for young people. Just ask your centre what they have on. 

Positions available at headspace Wollongong

Mental Health Professional - Suicide Prevention Clinician, Part-time/Sessional (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Employer: Grand Pacific Health

This is an exciting opportunity for an appropriately qualified and registered Mental Health Professional to work within a Suicide Prevention program that works with young people (12-25 years) who are at risk of suicide or are self-harming. This program has been showcased nationally and internationally for its innovation and excellence, as well as the way in which the program involves supporting the young person’s family. 

We require an enthusiastic, dedicated professional who is a strong communicator and keen to work collaboratively with a team. You will be an approved Medicare provider and have experience in the assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders and provide evidence-based psychological therapies to adult clients, and young clients aged 12 years and over. 

This program is funded under the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) initiative, which is a targeted program designed to provide psychological treatments to hard to reach groups. 

A demonstrated understanding of suicide and self-harm prevention, particularly related to the health and wellbeing needs of young people is required. 

Grand Pacific Health offers a great place to work with a commitment to flexibility, innovation and teamwork.  Professional development and excellent salary packaging benefits are available.

How to apply:

Download the position description and selection criteria here which must be addressed and sent to jobs@gph.org.au.

For more information contact:

Name: Alex Hains
Phone: (02) 4220 7688
Email: jobs@gph.org.au

To be eligible for this position you must have the right to work in Australia.
A Working with Children Check (or State/Territory equivalent) is required for this position.

Psychologist/Clinical Psychologist, Part-time/Sessional (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Employer: Grand Pacific Health

Deadline: 08/06/2016 12:00am

This is an exciting opportunity for an appropriately qualified and registered Mental Health Professional to work within a Suicide Prevention program that works with young people (12-25 years) who are at risk of suicide or are self-harming. This program has been showcased nationally and internationally for its innovation and excellence, as well as the way in which the program involves supporting the young person’s family.

We require an enthusiastic, dedicated professional who is a strong communicator and keen to work collaboratively with a team. You will be an approved Medicare provider and have experience in the assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders and provide evidence-based psychological therapies to adult clients, and young clients aged 12 years and over.

This program is funded under the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) initiative, which is a targeted program designed to provide psychological treatments to hard to reach groups.

A demonstrated understanding of suicide and self-harm prevention, particularly related to the health and wellbeing needs of young people is required.

GPH offers a great place to work with a commitment to flexibility, innovation and teamwork. Professional development and excellent salary packaging benefits are available.

How to apply:
Download the position description and selection criteria here which must be addressed and sent to jobs@gph.org.au.

For more information contact:

Name: Alex Hains
Phone: (02) 4220 7688
Email: jobs@gph.org.au

To be eligible for this position you must have the right to work in Australia.
A Working with Children Check (or State/Territory equivalent) is required for this position.

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Mental Health Clinician (Education Support), Part-time/Sessional (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Employer: Grand Pacific Health

Deadline: 08/06/2016 12:00am

headspace Wollongong is a comprehensive, free youth health service that provides physical and mental health support, information and services to young people aged 12-25 and their families. The team at headspace Wollongong includes Clinical Psychologists, Psychologists, GPs, a Mental Health Nurse, Youth Counsellors and Youth Workers, Project Workers and Administration Staff. headspace Mental Health Clinicians provide services under an early intervention/prevention framework for young people with mental disorders of mild/moderate severity.

An exciting new opportunity exists at headspace Wollongong for an experienced Mental Health Professional to offer high quality services to young people 12-25 experiencing mental health barriers to education engagement. This role is a salaried three day per week position and fixed term to 30 June 2017. We are looking for an enthusiastic professional with strong communication skills who is interested in working collaboratively with a team, as well as with other services in the community, particularly local schools and education institutes. The successful applicant will be an approved Medicare provider and have experience in the assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders and provide evidence-based focused psychological therapies to young people 12 years and over. 

This is a new role at headspace Wollongong and will require a commitment to working with key education staff and engaging in proactive professional development in order to establish a program that effectively supports young people experiencing mental health issues to successfully re-engage with educational activities. 

If interested, applicants are welcome to apply for multiple part time positions within GPH to create a full time role.

How to apply:
Please view the position description and click the Apply Now button to submit your application.

For more information contact:

Name: Jo Allsopp
Phone: (02) 4220 7660
Email: jobs@gph.org.au

To be eligible for this position you must have the right to work in Australia.
A Working with Children Check (or State/Territory equivalent) is required for this position.

Mental Health Professional - Private Contractor, Part-time/Sessional (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Employer: Grand Pacific Health

Deadline: 08/06/2016 12:00am

There is an exciting opportunity for a passionate Mental Health Professional to join the multi-disciplinary team at headspace Wollongong, providing high quality services to young people aged 12-25. Successful applicant(s) will be an appropriately qualified and registered Mental Health Practitioner  (clinical/registered psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist) and will provide contractor services under the Medicare Benefits Scheme for up to four days per week .They will be provided with ongoing referrals, extensive clinical and administrative support, be co-located with other health professionals, including GPs, within a youth friendly environment, and benefit from attractive attendance-rate-based rental agreement.

headspace Wollongong is a comprehensive and free youth health service that provides physical and mental health support, information and services to young people aged 12-25 and their families. The team at headspace Wollongong includes Clinical Psychologists, Psychologists, GPs, a Mental Health Nurse, Youth Counsellors and Youth Workers, Project Workers and Administration Staff. headspace Mental Health Clinicians provide services under an early intervention/prevention framework for young people with mental disorders of mild/moderate severity.

Interested applicants should be committed to delivering focused psychological services as part of a multidisciplinary team approach towards meeting the primary care, mental health, drug and alcohol, economic and social recovery needs of young people.

Application Process

Applications should be sent to jobs@gph.org.au and include the following information:

  • Your contact details.
  • A brief cover letter and CV, outlining your experience working with young people and their families, and your eligibility to provide focused psychological strategies under Medicare.
  • Names and contact details of two referees.

If you would like further information about this opportunity, contact Johanna Allsopp, Services Manager, on (02) 4220 7660 or write to jallsopp@headspacewollongong.org.au. For further information regarding headspace visit www.headspace.org.au. A copy of the position description can be found here

This position is classified as child-related employment and will require a criminal record check and knowledge of the child protection reporting requirement of health professionals. A Working With Children Check will also need to be provided by the successful applicant and can be obtained through www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au

For more information contact:

Name: Johanna Allsopp
Phone: (02) 4220 7660
Email: jobs@gph.org.au

More information

Interactive workshops for students (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

headspace Wollongong delivers mental health workshops with a health education and promotion focus for ages 12-25 years.

Designed for schools, educational institutions and organisations working with young people, our sessions promote positive mental health and wellbeing and early help-seeking in our community.

These interactive presentations focus on supporting young people to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of mental health and common mental health issues,
  • recognise when they or a friend might need professional support,
  • identify their personal supports networks and who they can turn to for help,
  • build resilience and coping strategies to manage stress and deal with life's challenges.

Due to high demand, our 2016 workshops for schools will focus on Year 11 students. We prefer to engage via existing programs (such as Crossroads or similar)

To book or discuss your needs, or request promotional information about headspace Wollongong for your school, contact:
Clementina Velasco
Community Engagement Officer
headspace Wollongong
(02) 4220 7660
cvelasco@headspacewollongong.org.au

headspace School Support

headspace School Support works with school communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from suicide.

School staff and people working with schools can contact the School Support team if they are interested in updating their policies and procedures in relation to suicide, or if their school has been affected by suicide.

Youth Reference Group (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

The Youth Reference Group (YRG) guides what we do here at headspace Wollongong, making sure we're on the right track to provide a service that is relevant to young people in the Illawarra.

Our YRG is made up of enthusiastic young people aged 16-25 years who share their opinions and have their say on what we do and how we do it.

The role of the YRG is varied and includes a range of duties, from participating in regular meetings and online communications, to helping to plan youth events, representing headspace Wollongong at community events and improving our online presence.

Youth Reference Group applications are currently closed, however if you are interested in learning more, or being contacted when vacancies next become available, please contact Clem, our Community Engagement Officer, on (02) 4220 7660 or cvelasco@gph.org.au.

Rainbow League (LGBTIQ Group) (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

If you're aged 16-25 and identify as same sex attracted, gender diverse or questioning, then Rainbow League is for you!

A social group that meets fortnightly at Wollongong Youth Centre (Mondays, 4pm-5.30pm - contact us for dates), Rainbow League is a place to hang out, have fun and meet other people like you - whatever your stripes!

For more info, to find out dates, or just to let us know you're coming along, contact Erin at Wollongong Youth Services (4227 8222 or emasters@wollongong.nsw.gov.au) or Clem at headspace Wollongong (4220 7660 or headspace@gph.org.au).

You can also join our mailing list at http://eepurl.com/3Gh8X to be sent regular updates and reminders of group meetings (about one email a fortnight). Just tick the box for group reminders for 'Rainbow League (LGBTIQ group)'.

Download the Rainbow League flyer

Our Staff (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Our Staff  

Youth Health Manager
Erin

Service Manager
Jo

Admin Team
Nicola

Ali

GPs
Dr. Cathryn

Dr. John

Dr. Miriam

Mental Health Nurse
Renee

Intake Clinicians
Anna

Elise

Meredith

Psychologists
Adam

Cheryl

David

Jen

Kye

Luke

Meredith

Peter

Stuart

Suicide Prevention Psychologists
Adam

Emma

Lisa

Community Engagement
Clem

Youth Counsellor
Sammy 

Youth Worker
Vanessa

Clinical Psychologist - Student Placement
Hannah

Rebecca

Co-located services

Drug and Alcohol Services
Melinda 

Relationships Australia (Family Counselling)
Jenny

Rani 

ACSO - Australian Community Support Organisation (Employment and Training Support)
Haley

How to get your own Medicare card (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

If you are 15 years or older, you can apply to have your own Medicare card. Here’s what to do...

You will need to fill out the form called Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another and bring two forms of identification with you (like a birth certificate, student card with photo ID, health care card, driver's licence, passport, or a bank statement if it has your current adress on it). The form is available online or from a Medicare office.

You will be applying to transfer to a new Medicare card (i.e. to be moved from the card you are now listed on to another new card of your own).

Alternatively, you can also choose to stay on your parents'/guardians' card and have a copy made to keep with you.

You will need the number of the Medicare card you are currently listed on to complete the form. This is most probably your parents’ or guardians’ Medicare card.

Take your original identification and your application form to your nearest Medicare office.

  • Wollongong: 43 Burelli Street
  • Warrawong: 43-65 Cowper Street
  • Shellharbour: Lake Entrance Road

Once you have lodged your application for a Medicare card at a Medicare office, your own card with your own number will be sent to you. If you would prefer, you can make arrangements with Medicare to pick up your card at the office.