• Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am - 7:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed



Level 2, 42 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870
P: (07) 4041 3780 F: (07) 4041 6340

headspace Cairns is operated by Royal Flying Doctors Service. All headspace centres are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Administration of funding is carried out by the headspace centre’s local Primary Health Network, in this case, Northern Queensland (Mackay Hospital and Health Services).

headspace Cairns is a free, safe space for young people aged between 12 and 25. Connecting with headspace Cairns is easy. Simply drop in to the centre, give us a call or send us an email to talk to one of our friendly team members  about accessing the support that is right for you.

headspace Cairns might just be the place for you, if  you;

  • are feeling worried, down, anxious or upset
  • are not quite feeling like yourself for any reason
  • are having hassles with friends, family, and/or your partner
  • want to see a Doctor about your physical health (e.g. check-ups, sexual health)
  • want help to reduce or stop your alcohol and/or other drug use
  • want to join a social group like a jam session, a yoga class or a theatre group

Or why don’t you think about joining our Youth Reference Group and help headspace Cairns make a real difference, for all young people in our community?

Services available

Mental Health Services


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

Doctor (GP)


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. 

Alcohol & Drug Services


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

Youth Reference Group


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

Youth Programs


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

Positions available at headspace Cairns

Youth Reference Group Volunteer, Part-time/Sessional & Full-time (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Salary: none

Headspace Cairns believes in providing young people with the opportunity to be heard, and actively involved in addressing the issues that are important to them.

As a member of the Headspace Cairns Youth Reference Group (YRG)  you can do just this, by;


  • Working with at risk youth in the community
  • Planning and organising events
  • Developing and facilitating programs
  • Community Engagement
  • Youth & Community Development
  • Health Promotion


By getting involved you will get the opportunity to


  • Receive training about headspace and Mental Health & wellbeing.
  • Have your say on important issues and influence how headspace Cairns operates.
  • Meet and work with other young people who are passionate about youth and our community.
  • Learn and develop leadership and organizational skills.



For more information contact:

Name: Tui Nicholls
Phone: (07) 4041 3780
Email: info@headspacecairns.org.au

Apply now

Allied Health Professionals (Private Practitioners), Part-time/Sessional (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Are you passionate about working with young people and their families and friends?

Perhaps you are interested in starting a private practice, but worried about the risks?

Are you fully registered with AHPRA?

Why not consider joining headspace?

headspace Cairns is seeking motivated and experienced private Allied Health Providers to join our growing and dynamic team which includes General Practitioners, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses and engagement staff on site.

headspace Cairns provides a range of evidence based, early intervention services to young people aged 12-25 years, including primary health, mental health, substance use counselling, & social recovery programs.

Availability of clinic rooms means that your hours of work can be flexible and Thursday night sessions are available. We offer administrative support, including billing and appointment bookings, the support of a friendly multi-disciplinary team, comfortable rooms located in Cairns CBD, a paperless practice, and an ongoing referral base. Case management, support & professional development opportunities are available.

Successful applicants will be require a current 'Working with Children Blue Card'.

Click Here to Apply


For more information contact:

Name: Marie O’Dea, Manager headspace Cairns
Phone: (07) 4041 3780
Email: modea@headspacecairns.org.au

Private GP Practitioners, Part-time/Sessional (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

headspace Cairns is seeking motivated and experienced General Practitioners with an interest in youth mental health to work on a sessional basis in our Cairns headspace centre.

headspace Cairns provides a range of evidence based, early intervention services to young people aged 12-25 years, including primary health, mental health, substance use counselling, & social recovery programs.

Working in our bulk billing centres, General Practitioners provide:  

  • An opportunity for young people to access help earlier through GP appointments.
  • Early identification, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental health problems, ensuring better pathways to health.
  • Youth friendly medical services and mental health treatment planning and follow-up.
  • Integrated health care that is youth-friendly and responsive to families.
  • Services that are respectful, non-judgemental and respect diversity.

What we offer

  • Appointment management, bulk billing and practice management support enable the GP to focus on delivering high quality medical services to young people.
  • Multi-disciplinary team who are passionate and knowledgeable about youth mental health
  • Regular peer support opportunities.
  • Access to onsite clinicians who provide comprehensive onsite psychosocial assessments
  • Smooth referral pathways into mental health, drug and alcohol, early intervention and sexual health services.
  • Continuing Professional Development in field of youth mental health.
  • Secondary consultation opportunities (Clinical Services Manager and Consultant Psychiatrist).
  • Flexibility with hours and days worked (including possibility of after-hours work)
  • Support from the headspace National Office GP Advisor.

Click here to apply



For more information contact:

Name: Marie O'Dea, Manager headspace Cairns
Phone: (07) 4041 3780
Email: modea@headspacecairns.org.au

More information

referral forms (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

There are a number of ways for young people to access headspace Cairns services:

Family/Friend:  If you are concerned about a friend or family member and would like to discuss the possibility of booking an appointment at headspace Cairns  please call us on 4041 3780, or email info@headspacecairns.org.au   You can also visit us at Level 2, 42 Grafton Street (Cnr Spence & Grafton Sts)

Self: If you are a young person between the ages of 12-25, you can come in to the headspace centre by yourself or bring a friend with you. You can also give us a call on 4041 3780, or email info@headspacecairns.org.au

Agency: If you wish to refer a client between the ages of 12-25 please complete the referral form and fax it to the headspace centre on 4041 6340

GP's :   If you wish to refer a client between the ages of 12-25 please fax a referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan to the headspace centre on 4041 6340

headspace is a youth friendly service.  All young people attending headspace, need to be attending by their own choice



what's on @ headspace Cairns (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

There are always groups and activities happening at headspace for the 12 to 25 age group! 
You can keep up to date with any events or activities that we are involved with by liking our Facebook page :)

headspace Cairns Mental Health Week Art Competition 2016

This years art competition was a huge success, we would like to thank all of the people who entered art work and an extra big thank you to those of you who are loaning or donating your work which we will displaying in our centre. We would also like to congratulate the following artists!

hs Cairns MHW Art Competition Winner Announcement2
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Groups on offer at headspace Cairns

headspace Cairns Social Groups 2016  

headspace Cairns Players Drama Group 

Are you theatrical and looking for an opportunity to; meet new people, learn some new skills, gain some extra confidence or just let your creative side run a bit wild?  Why not join the headspace Cairns Players drama group.
Come along and join us for an hour of group games, theatre  sports and fun improvisation activities in a relaxed setting.  

You don't need to be a drama genius to join in, beginners are always welcome.
The headspace Players Drama Group will meet every Tuesday afternoon between 4:00pm and 5:00pm.

 Free Yoga Classes

headspace Cairns is excited to offer a free weekly yoga class.
Yoga is a fantastic way to get some extra physical activity into your week, de-stress and look after your mental health.  It doesn't matter if you have never tried yoga before, beginners are more than welcome.

Yoga classes will run every Wednesday afternoon between 4:00pm and 5:00pm.

Pineapple Jam 

If you're musical, or want to find out if you are, come along on a Thursday afternoon and join Pineapple Jam.  
This is a great opportunity to meet other people with a passion for music, have a jam and pick up some new skills along the way.  If you have your own instrument, bring it along but if not don’t worry, we supply a range of instruments for young people to use. 

Pineapple Jam runs from 4:00pm - 5:30pm every Thursday afternoon during the school term.

 While we do our best to offer these groups every week during the school term, sometime things pop up which mean we have to cancel a session.   
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with any unexpected changes.

 If you have any further inquiries please call our office on 4041 3780

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

headspace Cairns is staffed by a dedicated team of health professionals who are passionate about making sure the support we provide is youth friendly.

headspace Cairns Staff:

Marie  - Centre Manager

Shaun - Office Manager

Tahni - Receptionist

Kadeisha - Receptionist

Tui - Community Engagement Officer

Dr Mary - GP & Psychotherapist

Sara - Access & Care Coordinator

Kellie - Access & Care Coordinator

Jodi - Clinical Psychologist & Access & Care Coordinator


Private Practitioners:

Dr Devika - GP

Lauren - Occupational Therapist (ATODS) 

Mick O - Psychologist

Steve - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Mic F - Psychologist

Shanelle - Psychologist

Tanya - Occupational Therapist

We are also a co-location for the following services:

ATODS - Lauren

Worklink - Rebecca


Events & Information Sessions (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

headspace Cairns look forward to visiting your school or organisation.

headspace resources are available upon request also.

headspace Cairns have a range of presentations on all youth mental health topics that can be delivered to students at your school by members of our Youth Access and Community Engagement Teams.

The topics include:

  • An introduction to Mental Health
  • Tips for a Healthy headspace
  • Meet headspace
  • Stress
  • Bullying
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Understanding Grief

We can also come along with our "pop up info booth" at recess or lunchtime, to informally hand out information to students and chat with students that may have questions about our services and their own mental health.

We also have resources including fact sheets, brochures and other collateral we can bring along to hand out to the students.

If you would like headspace Cairns to attend your school or organisation to present, or would like resources please click here to submit a request.

Once we receive your completed request form, one of our team will make contact with you to discuss your request.