The headspace website will be unavailable between 1am and 9am AEDT Saturday 1st April due to system maintenance. If you are in need of assistance during this time, please call 000 if it is an emergency, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 18 00. We apologise for the inconvenience.
COVID-19 - Our centre is providing a combination of in-person, online and phone services - we have put rigorous hygiene and physical distancing measures in place.
headspace Southport services are free for eligible young people 12-25 years through Medicare. For more info click here. To make a referral please use this referral form.
headspace Early Psychosis program supports young people in every aspect of their recovery, including best practice treatment, education and employment support and managing relationships. This fact sheet and checklist can be helpful to determine if headspace Early Psychosis is appropriate Please use this form for an early psychosis referral.
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Southport is operated by Lives Lived Well. 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, Gold Coast (Primary Care Gold Coast Ltd).
Nutrition screening, dietary assessment and education about food and lifestyle, also support around healthy eating strategies.
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.
Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with work or study opportunities.
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.
Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug concern.
A headspace early intervention program to improve the lives of young people, and their families, who are affected by psychosis.
Centres have a range of programs and activities for young people. Just ask your centre what they have on.
Jobs and volunteering
Positions currently available at headspace Southport
Salary: Fee For Service
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to young people aged 12 to 25. The service is designed to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
headspace Southport led by Lives Lived Well (http://www.liveslivedwell.org.au/) and offers a multi-disciplinary model comprising a team of co-located services providing support to young people. Due to increasing demand and a commitment that headspace Southport remains accessible to support young people seeking help; we are seeking to expand our allied mental health team with additional private practitioners who are interested in working for headspace and with young people. Working at headspace Southport offers allied mental health practitioners the opportunity to be part of an innovative service that is committed to improving the wellbeing of young people through the provision of high quality, integrated services when and where they are needed.
ALLIED HEALTH TEAM
headspace Southport is seeking private allied health practitioners, such as experienced clinical psychologists, general psychologists, mental health social workers and occupational therapists to compliment the mental health platform of our service model. Practitioners interested in providing contracted services can negotiate flexible arrangements so as to maintain existing private or public work. Interested practitioners must be eligible to provide services under the Medicare Benefits Scheme: Better Outcomes for Mental Health Initiative.
To be successful, you will need to meet the following selection criteria:
- Tertiary qualifications in psychology or mental health social work (or similar field)
- Experience working in the Alcohol and Drug sector (highly regarded)
- Comfortable working with vulnerable clients
- Successful experience working with clients that are 12-25 years old
- Current AHPRA or AASW membership
- Have a Medicare provider number and ABN
- Have professional indemnity insurance
As headspace Southport is striving to increase accessibility to services for young people, appointments are provided at no cost to the young person. This means that as a private practitioner, you would agree to bulk bill young people for sessions with 80% of the Medicare fee being paid to you.
The headspace Southport intake team will undertake a comprehensive psycho-social assessment of all young people prior to referral to private practitioners. A range of on-site complementary services are available should additional supports be required. The headspace team will work in partnership with private practitioners to provide a comprehensive, wrap-around service for young people.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your resume and a one page cover letter outlining the selection criteria mentioned above.
For more information contact:
Name: Catherine Scott (acting Primary Health Team Leader)
Phone: (07) 5509 5900
We know sometimes you have to wait for an appointment and it can feel really frustrating and isolating. We want to acknowledge the courage it took to reach out for support and want to share these other helpful resources, services, websites and apps that you may also find useful:
Lifeline Australia 13 11 14 or https://www.lifeline.org.au/ - Free, private and confidential phone, online and text support for people who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe.
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or kidshelpline.com.au- Free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years.
Parentline 1300 30 1300 or https://parentline.com.au/ – Free, private and confidential phone and online counselling and support for parents & carers from 8am to 10pm. 1300 30 1300
Gold Coast Acute Care Team 1300 642 255 – When you are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe, it is the first point of contact for the Gold Coast Mental Health service providing education, support, information, advice, and referral.
eheadspace - Free, confidential, over the phone or online counselling service from 9am to 1am provided by headspace. 1800 650 890 or eheadspace.org.au
Family and Child Connect 13 32 64 or https://familychildconnect.org.au/ – Free support to help with a range of family and parenting challenges.
ReachOut - Online resources and support for young people under 25 going through a tough time. au.reachout.com
NewAccess – The 6 structured free, confidential, over the phone, online or face to face sessions give you practical tools to manage whatever you are facing. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/newaccess
Beyond Blue - Online space for discussion and support from peers.
The Butterfly Foundation - Telephone and web based counselling, information and support for people experiencing eating disorders https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/
The BRAVE Program - Online program to support young people aged 8-17 with anxiety. brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/
Mood Gym - A free self-help program that teaches cognitive behavioural skills to help prevent and manage symptoms related to anxiety and depression https://moodgym.com.au/
The Desk - Online tools and programs to support students with their mental health. https://www.thedesk.org.au/login?login
Head to Health - Wherever you are on your mental health journey, Head to Health is here to help you find the information, resources, and services that most suit your needs. headtohealth.gov.au
Bite Back - Online activities, psychoeducation and positive psychology to support young people with their mental health. biteback.org.au
Alcohol and Other Drugs Support:
Lives Lived Well 1300 727 957 - Provides support for people who are being impacted by alcohol or drugs or problems with mental health. https://www.liveslivedwell.org.au/
Hello Sunday Morning - Website and app that support young people cutting back or taking a break from alcohol. hellosundaymorning.org
Clear Your Vision - Online program to support young people to reduce their cannabis use. cannabissupport.com.au/treatment/tools-to-quit/clear-your-vision
Calm Harm – This app provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can add your own tasks too and it's completely private and password protected. https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/calm-harm
BeyondNow - This is a safely planning app that you can work through if you're having thoughts of suicide. beyondblue.org.au/get-support/beyondnow-suicide-safety-planning
ReachOut Breathe - An app to help reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety by slowing down your heart rate with your mobile phone (iOS) or Apple Watch. https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/reachout-breathe
Smiling Minds - A website and app teaching Mindfulness Meditation to young people (7-22 years), and adults https://smilingmind.com.au/
Breakup Shakeup - A behavioural activation app that provides fun, easy activities to do to help young people (14-25 years) cope after a breakup http://www.emhprac.org.au/services/breakup-shakeup/
headspace Early Psychosis
headspace Early Psychosis supports young people aged 12-25 who are experiencing, or at risk of, psychosis. Psychosis is an experience where a person has problems interpreting the world around them. They might see or hear things that other people can’t or have unusual ideas or beliefs.
We are an early intervention service that young people can access directly or be referred by any source including doctors, schools, family and friends. This fact sheet and checklist can be helpful to determine if headspace Early Psychosis is appropriate.
- Support young people to achieve ordinary lives including education, employment, physical health and stable accommodation while managing psychotic symptoms
- Provide support to families and carers
- Minimise the duration of untreated psychosis for better long term recovery outcomes
The headspace Early Psychosis team are specially trained professionals and peer workers supporting young people experiencing early psychosis and their families/carers.
The team working in this unique early intervention and prevention service are able to reach out to young people who may not be able to make it into the centre and can be seen in their home, at school, work, TAFE or Uni and/or at a local park, cafe or even the beach!
Access (Gold Coast and Brisbane South regions)
Young people can make contact directly or be referred to our Early Psychosis team from any source. Referrers please complete this referral form.
The Mobile Assessment and Treatment Team (MATT) will review this referral and, if suitable, complete an assessment with the young person. The team will then provide you with feedback and recommendations.
For more information, please contact the Early Psychosis team on Ph: 0423 614 781 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
headspace Early Psychosis delivers services to young people and their families weekdays from 7am to 6pm and weekends and public holidays 10am to 6pm.
Watch this excellent video (Jo and Charlie) to understand more about young people's experience with psychosis.
Clients can access the headspace Southport Early Psychosis Welcome and Service Guide here
At headspace Southport we understand asking for help when you are not well can sometimes be frightening, so we try to make it as simple and stress-free as possible for young people to access our services.
If you would like to refer yourself or find out more about our service just phone one of our friendly staff members on (07) 5509 5900 If you are a parent, carer or friend of a young person and would like to refer them to headspace Southport we suggest you talk to them about this idea first and if they agree then contact us on (07) 5509 5900.
If you are a professional and would like to refer a young person to headspace Southport we ask that you fill out our headspace referral form. This information will assist us in getting the young person the right help they need more quickly. Once filled out simply fax it through to us on (07) 5527 1251. Our reception staff will action the referral and send it though to the appropriate staff member.
headspace Southport aims to provide easy access to services for young people at no cost and we ensure that we respect your confidentiality. headsapce Southport does not discriminate regardless of race, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.
You can also use our eheadspace service, which provides after-hours online and telephone mental health support to young people and their families, open 9am-1am everyday.
If you have a valid Australian Medicare Card and a current Mental Health Care Plan, you can have up to 10 sessions in a calendar year with your Allied Health Worker (Clinical/General Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist) bulk-billed through Medicare. Please bring in your Medicare Card. There may be some circumstances that may result in services needed to be be paid for. Where fees apply, you will be advised in advance.
Don't have a Medicare card? Access the medicare application form here, or follow the link to their website for more information.
If you are not eligible for an Australian Medicare Card, or do not wish to obtain a Mental Health Care Plan, or if you have used all of your 10 sessions for the year under your Mental Health Care Plan you can be offered the opportunity to pay to see the allied health worker (50mins) as follows:
Clinical Psychologist: General Psychologist: Social Worker:
$150 $109.88 $99.40
-Payments for fee-for-service appointments can be made via EFTPOS (preferred) or CASH (please note we do not keep large quantities of cash on-site and exact money is preferred).
-Fees are aligned to the Medicare Benefits Schedule and are subject to change if the Medicare rate increases.
headspace Southport is accessible for people who use a wheelchair and/or have restricted movement. Our centre has lift access from Nind street, which has a loading zone outside that can be used for drop off and collection or metered parking (standard size).
headspace Southport has an adapted toilet available for people who use a wheelchair and/or have restricted movement. All toilets are gender neutral.
headspace Southport can be reached via the Gold Coast public transport network (Trans Link). Buses can be caught across the Gold Coast that will stop at the near-by central hub at Australia Fair Shopping Complex, Southport. It is roughly a 800m walk (15mins) to the centre. Trams can also be caught that complete their journey at the Southport Station, Southport (outside of the Southport District Courthouse). It is roughly a 500m walk (8mins). You can plan your journey here.
Free Parking is offered for you convenience, up to four hours. Enter via Welch Street (as pictured below) into the H2O Building circular entrance (think roundabout).
Turn left into the underground parking and drive up the first ramp to the next level. Here are the allocated bays marked Visitor's Parking Only. Please only park in these bays. Please note: If you park in other bays, you will be at risk of being towed by H2O Building Personnel.
What kind of things can you help me with?
headspace Southport can help with concerns or questions related to general health, mental health and well-being, physical health, sexual health, employment, education and training, and alcohol and other drug concerns. If you are not sure if we can help or not, then just give us a call.
How old do I have to be?
headspace Southport provides services to young people between the ages of 12 and 25.
Do my parents need to come with me?
Although we feel it's great if parents can come and support you, we also understand this may be difficult sometimes for many reasons. Therefore, your parents don't have to attend headspace southport with you. You may want to bring someone else that you feel comfortable with, or you can also attend by yourself if you chose to. If you’re 16 years or under we will require consent from a family member or guardian to attend.
How much does it cost?
All headspace Southport services are free of charge, through the Medicare system. If you don't have a Medicare card, contact us for information on how to obtain one or for alternative ways that we might be able to assist you. Where we need to refer you to another service, we will always talk with you about their costs and try to find you no or low cost service to best suit your needs.
When are you open?
headspace Southport is open
Monday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
How do I make an appointment?
First step is to give us a call on (07) 5509 5900 or email us at email@example.com and talk to one of our friendly staff who will:
- Chat with you about what you are wanting help with
- Explain to you the services we are able to provide; and
- Work with you to develop a plan for how your needs can best be met
We will then use this information to match you up with a worker who will contact you to book a face to face or phone appointment. You can also ask a friend, teacher, parent, other family member, health worker or community agency to contact headspace Southport for you; however we will need to speak with you to get your consent.
Do I need a referral to come?
No, you don't need a referral, if you are between the ages of 12 and 25 just give us a call and talk to our reception crew to see how we can help. You can also ask a friend, teacher, parent, other family member, health worker or community agency to contact headspace Southport for you; however, we will need to speak with you to get your consent.
Do you tell people what I say?
At headspace Southport we take your privacy very seriously and anything you say to us is confidential. If your information needs to be given to other people or organisations we will ask you for your permission. The only time we would talk to someone else without your permission is if you tell us that you are going to hurt yourself or someone else, or if we are required to by law. Keeping you and other people safe is our main concern.
What if I'm not ready to speak to someone face-to-face?
It's not unusual to feel nervous about getting help for the first time. If you're going through a tough time and you're not ready to chat to someone face-to-face, eheadspace provides confidential online web-chat and telephone mental health support 7 days a week, 9am-1am. To access eheadspace for the first time all you need to do is register at eheadspace.org.au or phone 1800 650 890.
headspace Southport has an inspiring team of youth friendly staff, who are happy to answer any questions you have, and to support you to get the help you need!
Our Primary Mental Health Team includes:
- Access & Intake Workers
- LGBTIQAP+ Specialist Worker
- Clinical Psychologists
- Community Engagement Coordinator
- Youth Advisory Council
- General Practitioners (GP's)
Our headspace Early Psychosis Team includes:
- Occupational Therapists
- Family Peer Support Worker
- Youth Peer Support Worker
Working collaboratively with schools is a priority for the team at headspace Southport. We would like to compliment the great work that is already being achieved in schools and work with you to continue to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
How can we work together to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people?
We support schools in promoting mental health awareness with young people and their families and aim to promote mental wellness, enhance awareness of mental health problems and build young people's capacity to seek help early.
We offer generalised presentations explaining all about headspace, the help we can provide and ways in which we can look after each other. If your school is planning an EXPO or an event which has a youth mental health and well-being focus, we can attend as a stallholder, providing opportunities for students to interact with us. Our stall will include resources about headspace services, other local or national youth mental health resources and when possible, merchandise to give away.
We can also offer more tailored presentations, with specific themes that are delivered as interactive chats and require small class sizes. These presentations require considerable planning and we do not always have capacity to complete them, so please allow plenty of time with your request.
How to make a request
If your school would like to engage with headspace Southport we ask that you please complete and submit our online request form here. For any other information please do not hesitate to contact our Community Awareness Team on (07) 5509 5900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org