headspace Portland is a free youth friendly service for those aged 12-25 years.
We acknowledge that there many things can contribute to someone's mental health. That's why headspace supports young people with their:
- mental health and wellbeing
We can also support you with referrals to other services if needed, including:
- physical and sexual health
- alcohol and other drugs support
- work, school and study
- accommodation support
If you're referring a young person to headspace, they must have permission for the referral to be made.
Young people are now able to self-refer themselves to headspace via our online forms. Please complete the form that aligns with your age below:
To refer a young person you are working with in a professional capacity, please complete the form below:
If you're in an emergency situation call Emergency Services on 000.
If you need to speak to someone urgently please call:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Our centre has full disability access (DDA compliant).
headspace Portland would like to respectfully acknowledge the Gunditjmara People who are the Traditional Owners and First People of the land where our centre is.
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00am
- Friday: Closed
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Portland is operated by Brophy Youth Services. All headspace services are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Administration of funding is carried out by the headspace centre’s local Primary Health Network, in this case, Western VIC PHN.
Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.
Jobs and volunteering
Positions currently available at headspace Portland
headspace Portland’s team are looking for a new team member.
In joining our team, you’ll find we also care about you – providing everything from a culture that encourages a balance of home life and work to well-being days off.
- 11 Wellbeing Days (to support worker well-being)- in addition to Annual Leave
- Awesome Not-for-Profit Salary Sacrificing options of up to $15,899 per FBT year.
- Portable Long Service Leave (from eligible organisations)
- Excellent Learning & Development opportunities
About the Role
The Youth Access and Early Intervention Worker is responsible for the delivery of a range of evidence based interventions and youth friendly models that facilitate early help seeking behaviour and seamless access to early intervention mental health, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AoD) and wellbeing services across all relevant programs and services.
This position will maintain a client caseload, deliver high quality early intervention services and is expected to have a sound knowledge of the practice frameworks, principles and processes of relevant legislation pertaining to young people at risk.
A full list of key duties is outlined in the Position Description, but includes responsibilities in:
- Provide a welcoming and responsive first point of contact for young people, their families, carers and other agencies seeking services.
- Develop safety plans applicable to young people’s presenting risk needs, developing action plans to mitigate any risks and provide follow up support and referral to appropriate services
- Maintain positive relationships with schools, community groups, service agencies and youth related sectors to facilitate referral pathways to headspace services.
- Use creative and assertive approaches to engage young people in early help seeking behaviour including counselling, care coordination, family work, brief interventions and single session interventions, group work, use of digital supports and peer-led services.
Do your skills include:
- Ability use a range of assessment and screening tools to support the completion of quality assessments and risk assessments with young people presenting to the service.
- Demonstrated ability to deliver evidence based therapeutic early interventions to young people and family inclusive practice where appropriate, including single session therapy or brief intervention and group work responses as required.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other members of a team, family and friends and other agencies to determine support or service needs and implementation of client care plan outcomes.
Are your credentials:
- Relevant tertiary qualifications (BA minimum) in social work, psychology, youth work or equivalent.
- Relevant experience working within a similar role.
- A current Drivers Licence.
About Brophy (headspace Lead Agency)
Brophy Family & Youth Services has supported children, young people, families, and the southwest Victorian community for almost 50 years. We live here; this is our community; we believe in people and in their ability to create the life they want.
At Brophy, you will join a team of just over 200 employees delivering over 40 programs and services across areas including youth engagement, mental health, family violence, foster care, housing support, employment support, and disability services.
At Brophy our Vision is not just focused externally on our community – we feel just as passionate about our employees being meaningfully connected through their roles with us to create the life they want, and that as a workforce we achieve this together through innovation and healthy relationships, and by positively contributing to building an advantaged community.
Brophy’s headspace services are growing across the region – from our Warrnambool services now in operation for almost 15 years; we also provide a satellite service in Portland and are now working to establish a new headspace centre in Hamilton.
Accommodation and relocation assistance to support your move to our regional seaside town is available for eligible applicants.
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! APPLY VIA LINK BELOW:
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Welcome Pack Information for Young People:
Everyone is welcome at headspace. This pack introduces you to our headspace services, where you can find further information and support.
Welcome pack - Young People: Click here
Welcome Pack Information for Families and Friends:
headspace is a famiy and friends inclusive service. We believe that family and friends play an important role in a young persons journey to better wellbeing. We also understand that family and friendships can take many different forms including all types of families, caregivers and significant others. This pack introduces you to our service where you can find further information and support for you and your young person.
Welcome pack - Families and Friends: Click here
Family roles and responsibility brochure: Click here
Our Purple Pack is made up of a stack of useful resources we've found from many different groups and organisations to support transgender and gender diverse young people.
- Information on pronouns, medical and social transitioning, coming out/inviting in, your legal rights, navigating relationships, sexuality and more.
- Stories from other gender and sexually diverse young people.
- Info on where to go to get more information and support online or in person.
The aim of this pack is to help you and your loved ones along your journey no matter what point you are at.
Most importantly, we want you to know that headspace Portland is a safe place and we want to support you. Call us on 1300 276 749 if you would like to speak to someone. We're here to help.
The Purple Pack:
Trans 101: Gender Identity Crash Course (from YGender and Minus18)
What is gender identity? (from headspace)
- How headspace can help (from headspace)
Information for family and friends:
Information about how to obtain a Medicare card on the Services Australia website
The doctors and counsellors of our clinic bulk-bill Medicare for services provided. This means that you only need to bring your Medicare Card, and if you have one, your healthcare card.
You don’t need a referral to see one of our intake workers. The intake worker will speak to you regarding the services we can offer based on what you need. A mental health treatment plan may need to be created so you can access our ongoing counselling services.