headspace acts as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support.
We provide a range of FREE services and Groups to support young people aged 12-25 for things that might be affecting their health and wellbeing. To find out about all the services and headspace Groups available, or to make an appointment - you can call, email or just drop in! Young people can bring along a support person, it could be a friend, family member, health care worker, educator, or you could ask them to make the appointment on your behalf.
- Monday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Tuesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
- Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Wonthaggi is operated by Relationships Australia Victoria . All headspace services 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, Gippsland PHN.
Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.
Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services.
Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with work or study opportunities.
Centres have a range of programs and activities for young people. Just ask your centre what they have on.
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 any alcohol or other drug issue.
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
hi! - meet the team at headspace Wonthaggi
Our team has a range of professionals who are all experienced in working with young people. On staff we have Youth Access Workers, Clinical Lead, Community Engagement Officer and Administration staff.
Centre Manager - Cate
Clinical Lead - Bronny
Youth Access Worker - Sarah
Youth Access Worker - Des
Youth Access Worker - Gen
Youth Access Worker - Sophie
Youth Access Worker - Matt
Youth Access Worker - Ebony
Community Engagement - Kris
Client Services Co-ordinator - Kaye
Client Services Officer - Angela
To contact a staff member, please call 03 5671 5900 or email and let us know who you'd like to get in contact with.
how to make a referral to headspace
If you are in danger and need urgent help, call '000' or for 24/7 support call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
You don't need a formal referral to come to headspace. If you want to refer yourself, call: 03 5671 5900, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or just drop in @ 5b Murray Street, Wonthaggi to book an appointment.
Families, carers or friends can refer a young person to headspace Wonthaggi and our headspace Outreach Locations. The young person needs to be aware of the referral, agree to it and be willing to meet with a headspace Youth Access Worker. To make a referral on behalf of a young person, please call 03 5671 5900 and we will contact the young person to make an appointment.
Young people can be referred to headspace Wonthaggi and to our headspace Outreach Locations by Schools, Health and Community Workers. Referrals must be made in writing on the headspace Wonthaggi referral form and emailed to us HERE. Referrals should include as much information as possible and be undertaken with the consent of the young person.
Referrals from GPs (General Practitioners/Doctors) should include a mental health care plan for the young person that is submitted with the GP referral form. The referral form and mental health care plan should be sent through to us through email HERE.
Referrals must be undertaken with the consent of the young person and should include as much information as possible.
young peoples rights and responsibilities
headspace Welcome pack
We're here for you and everyone is welcome at headspace!
Our Welcome pack explains how headspace can help you, which service is right for you, who provides services here at headspace and what will happen when a young person visits a headspace Centre.
You can access our Welcome pack HERE
what we offer at headspace
mental health services
Mental Health Workers - which may include Counsellors, Psychologists and other Case Workers - that can help you if you're just not feeling yourself
alcohol and other drugs support services
Workers either on site or linked to the headspace Centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drugs issue
work, school and study services
Workers either on site or linked to the Centre who can assist you with work or study opportunities
physical and sexual health support
GP (Doctor) bulk billing
Every second Wednesday afternoon at headspace Wonthaggi - FREE/bulk billed service!
headspace youth advisory group - YAG
A group of young people who can help with events and some decision making for our headspace Centre. If you'd like to inquire about our YAG please contact Kris our Community Engagement Officer on 5671 5900
Every second Monday afternoon at headspace Wonthaggi (currently available via phone)
groups & activities
We have a range of headspace Groups - please refer to our 'headspace Groups' tab for a list of the current groups that we are running.
For more information about the above or to book an appointment with our GP or Centrelink - call 5671 5900
our consortium partners
The Consortium meets on a frequent basis and provides free/low cost services one day per week at the headspace Wonthaggi Centre.
Relationships Australia Victoria - RAV
Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation, with no religious affiliations. Our services are for all members of the community, regardless of their religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances. We respect the rights of all people in all their diversity to live life fully within their families and communities with dignity and safety, and to enjoy healthy relationships.
Advanced Personnel Management - APM
APM delivers job seeker, disability, workplace health, NDIS support and home assessment services to thousands of Australians every year. APM are Australias largest provider of disability employment services with a proven track record of helping people with an injury, illness or disability to successfully find work.
Australian Community Support Organisation - ACSO
ACSO supports people who are experiencing issues arising from their use of alcohol or drugs which could place themselves or others at risk of harm; and who have not found sufficient help from other health care providers. ACSO will conduct an intake to find out more about their needs and in order to help them access the most appropriate services.
Gippsland Primary Health Network - GPHN
Gippsland PHN is a federally funded primary health care organisation with a focus on supporting general practice, health planning, health system integration and commissioning services in line with national and local health priorities. Gippsland PHN key objectives are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Latrobe Regional Hospital - LRH
LRH provide emergency care, elective surgery, maternity, aged care, rehabilitation, pharmacy and mental health services both at the hospital and sites across the Gippsland region.
Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault - GCASA
Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault provides services within the Gippsland Region of Victoria to children and adults, both female and male, who have been sexually assaulted. The Centre also works with non-offending family members, partners, caregivers and support workers.
Wellways works with a diverse range of people living with mental health issues or various disabilities, and their families, friends and carers, to bring about positive change and build good lives in their communities. This can include creating a home, securing a job and building meaningful relationships.
Youth Support and Advocacy Service - YSAS
At YSAS, we engage, support and strengthen highly vulnerable and high-risk young Victorians affected by, or at risk of being affected by, alcohol, drugs, mental health issues and social disconnection. We do this by developing non-judgmental, caring and respectful relationships with young people and their families and communities.
Bass Coast Health - BCH
Bass Coast Health (BCH) is the major public healthcare provider within the Bass Coast Shire in Gippsland. It is an integrated health service providing a range of acute, sub-acute, ancillary medical, aged and ambulatory care services. BCH is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS) and is equipped to offer a broad range of specialist medical, surgical and obstetric services including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, gynaecology, paediatrics, urology and rehabilitation.
Quantum Support Services - QSS
Quantum Support Services Inc. (Quantum) is an independent not-for-profit organisation who have been providing support services to those who require assistance with housing in the Gippsland community for more than 30 years. Our mission is to deliver high quality, locally responsive services that meet the needs of individuals, families and young people experiencing disadvantage or crisis to improve their opportunities and quality of life. We strive to provide services that are flexible, effective, that recognise the rights of individuals, and respect diversity.
Department of Education and Training Student Support Services - DETSSS
The Department of Education and Training offers learning and development support and services.
South Coast Youth Clinics - YACs
headspace Wonthaggi Youth Advisory Group - YAG Member (Youth Representative)
headspace outreach locations & youth clinics
mondays - Foster
At the Foster War Memorial Arts Center Hall, you can meet Des our headspace Youth Access Worker.
tuesdays - Leongatha and Cowes
At Leongatha Healthcare, you can meet Sophie our headspace Youth Access Worker.
At Phillip Island Health Hub, you can meet Bronny our headspace Clinical Lead *Please note, this outreach service is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 room requirements*
Fridays - Korumburra
At Korumburra Secondary College, you can meet Sarah our headspace Youth Access Worker.
to book an appointment at one of our headspace outreach locations please call 03) 5671 5900
Would you like to join one of our headspace Groups? Our groups are a safe and confidential space for 12-25 year olds and are facilitated by one of our Youth Access Workers.
Available headspace Groups:
artspace(is a group for young people who like to express their creativity through art)
LGBTIQA+ Group(a private and safe place for young LGBTIQA+ people to connect with their queer peers)
healthy headspace Group(tips and advice for keeping a healthy headspace, how to boost your mood and how to create a coping toolkit)
learn2cope(therapeutic group focusing on topics like anxiety, anger and low mood)
games group(for like minded young people that enjoy connecting through gaming)
Also, keep an eye on our facebook and Instagram pages for updates on 'what's happening' @ headspace Wonthaggi
headspace Wonthaggi youth advisory group - YAG
Are you aged between 12 and 25? Are you passionate about having your say about youth mental health and well being? Join the headspace Wonthaggi Youth Advisory Group (YAG) and start making a difference in your local community. The YAG is a group of young people who meet regularly to talk about youth mental health and wellbeing and come up with new and innovative ways to raise the profile of the services headspace Wonthaggi offers.
There are a range of roles you can play in the headspace Wonthaggi YAG, including:
- Creating, developing and leading a project in your local area. For example; youth festivals, school events, music gigs, cinema screenings and headspace pop ups.
- Peer support and mentoring. Take an active role in supporting young people to seek help early and break down the stigma in relation to youth mental health.
- Research and evaluation of headspace services. Find out whether our services are meeting the desired goals and objectives and come up with ideas on how we can improve our service
By getting involved you'll have the chance to:
- meet a range of new people
- provide feedback on how to improve mental health services to young people
- develop new skills
- participate in various training opportunities
- assist in the organisation and delivery of events for young people in the community
- be a voice for young people in relation to health and wellbeing
- and of course - HAVE FUN!
Would you like to represent one or more of our headspace priority groups and have a voice on the YAG on their behalf? Let us know!
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- CALD (Culturally and linguistically diverse)
If you would like to be involved and apply to become a YAG member please contact Kris our Community Engagement Officer on 0466 737 487 or email email@example.com
YAG application form HERE, then email to firstname.lastname@example.org
what should I expect at my first appointment?
When you first come to headspace Wonthaggi you will be greeted by our friendly front counter staff. You will then be asked to use an iPad to give us some details about your well-being, the program is called HAPI. After this, you'll meet one of our Youth Access Workers (who are very friendly) and they will work with you to develop a plan that suits your needs.
how much does it cost?
headspace Wonthaggi is a FREE service for 12-25 year olds, including our GP service - just bring along your Medicare Card.
you can click HERE to apply for your own Medicare Card
What if I can't get a Medicare Card you ask? We've got your back! - just let us know and we'll assist you to obtain one. If there is something stopping you getting one quickly (or you're not able to get one for some other reason) that's ok, we will support you all the way to access medical services.
how do I get to headspace Wonthaggi
We are located at 5b Murray Street Wonthaggi - opposite ALDI! We are 'very' green with coloured shapes on our front windows.
The main V-line bus station is only up the road from us on Billson Street, it's about a 2 minute walk, easy! If you are driving to headspace we have 1 hour car parking right out front.
click HERE for directions
is there disability access at headspace Wonthaggi?
headspace Wonthaggi has double door with ramp access into headspace. You will then be greeted by our friendly staff with the option of accessing a high or low front counter. The Centre has a wide door interior for wheelchair accessibility. We also have an accessible toilet with ramp access at the rear of the Centre.
headspace Wonthaggi staff will support young people with disabilities and/or low literacy to access our services - we've got you!
if you require any assistance, please give us a call on 5671 5900
An ever-growing library of wellness and mental health content designed to increase mental health literacy and reduce barriers to help-seeking.
Interactive website content designed to increase mental health literacy and encourage self-reflection and positive behaviour change.
- The amount of mental health content online is overwhelming
- Suitable content it's difficult to locate at a time of need
- The benefits provided by headspace services shouldn't be limited to the duration of a session
- Hearing experiences of peers removes barriers
Personal spaces provides users their own private page on the headspace website where they can build a digital mental health toolkit. The platform helps them find content and tools that they can return to in a time of need.
Community spaces gives users a way to share and explore resources about mental health and wellbeing with a like-minded community.
Group chat gives young people a forum to speak anonymously and learn from others about specific mental health topics.
There are at lease 2 group chats a month, with transcripts made available through the headspace website
Spaces chat is facilitated by a team of young people from around Australia, providing peer support in an online group chat setting. Spaces chats operate from 6pm to 10pm Monday through Thursday on high level topics including general coping and navigating relationships.
Emergency and support services contacts:
- In an emergency call 000 (Police, Fire, Ambulance)
- Lifeline call 13 11 14
- Kids helpline 1800 551 800
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Qlife 1800 184 527
- Switchboard Victoria 03) 9663 6733 / 1800 184 527
Other Mental Health Support
- HeadtoHelp 1800 595 212
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- MensLine 1300 789 978
- headspace Wonthaggi 03) 5671 5900
- On the line Australia (Suicide Line Victoria) 1300 651 251
- Within Australia 1300 737 412
- Wellways 03) 5622 4140
Alcohol and Other Drugs
- ACSO (Australian Community Support Organisation) 1300 022 760
- YSAS (Alcohol, drugs and social disconnection support) 1300 022 760
- The Orange Door 1800 319 354
- 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
- Safe Steps 1800 015 188
- Child Protection 13 12 78
- Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491
- WithRespect (Specialist LGBTIQA+) 1800 542 847
- GCASA (Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault) 03) 5134 3922 / 1800 806 292 (after hours)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation 03) 5143 1644
- Gippsland Multicultural Services 5133 7072
- Centre for Multicultural Youth 5116 6180
People with Disabilities
- NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) 1800 800 110
- Disability Information Line 1800 783 783 / TTY 1800 008 149
- Scope Australia 1300 472 673
- Interchange Gippsland 1300 736 765
- Vision Australia 03) 5623 0100
headspace Wonthaggi e-News!
Would you like to know 'what's happening' at headspace and keep up to date with all new information on our support service for young people?
You can subscribe to our e-News by clicking on this link http://eepurl.com/gz1yi9
You will receive the e-News via email, one per school term - so only four per year.