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

7 Atchison Street, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500
P: (02) 4220 7660 F: (02) 4225 0057

headspace Wollongong is operated by Grand Pacific Health Ltd. 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, South Eastern NSW (Coordinare Ltd).

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

General Practitioners (GPs), Part-time/Sessional (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Employer: Grand Pacific Health

headspace Wollongong, Nowra and Goulburn centres are currently looking to increase the number of GPs working out of the centres.

headspace centres offer free youth health services for young people aged 12-25 years. The centre employs a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, counsellors, youth workers, GPs and other staff to support the health and wellbeing of young people with a focus on mental health.

Working as a member of the headspace team offers GPs the opportunity to provide bulk-billed services to young people as part of a collaborative and holistic model of care, in an environment that encourages the development of ongoing and therapeutic relationships with clients and multidisciplinary case consultation.

Grand Pacific Health (GPH) is the lead agency for three headspace centres in Wollongong, Nowra and Goulburn, as well as operating two GP super clinics in Shell Cove and Nowra. As a member of the broader GPH team you will receive the support available as part of a large not for profit primary health organisation that operates across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern NSW region.

Job Description: A copy of the job description can be found at http://www.gph.org.au/employment/positions-vacant/headspace-gps

If you are a GP interested in joining a multidisciplinary and supportive team with an interest in mental health and working with young people please contact Jenny Valdivia.

For more information contact:

Name: Jenny Valdivia (Manager, Youth Mental Health Services)
Phone: (02) 4220 7660
Email: jobs@gph.org.au

Apply now

Family Inclusive Practice Project Officer, Part-time/Sessional & Full-time (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Employer: Grand Pacific Health

headspace Wollongong is an established youth health service in the Illawarra Region, focused on providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

Grand Pacific Health (GPH) and headspace Wollongong are seeking an energetic experienced professional to use their project management skills in the role of Family Inclusive Practice Project Officer.

The headspace Family Inclusive Practice Project Officer will work with the headspace team, family, carers and friends of young people accessing the service and headspace community partners to develop a coordinated, evidence-based service delivery model for implementation in the centres. The incumbent will lead the development and implementation of a community engagement plan that will aim to increase capacity of both headspace staff and existing community agencies to provide support to family, friends and carers of young people with emerging mental health issues.

The successful applicant will be required to have high quality interpersonal skills, project management experience and a passion for working with a team to deliver service improvement. The role offers flexibility of full or part time hours and can be based in Wollongong or Nowra, with an expectation of travel between these centres.

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 from the GPH site.

For more information contact:

Name: Luke Downie (Clinical Lead)
Phone: (02) 4220 7660
Email: jobs@gph.org.au

Apply now

Intake Clinician (Maternity Leave), Part-time/Sessional (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Employer: Grand Pacific Health

headspace Wollongong is seeking an experienced clinician to join our small team to triage referrals; provide and/or facilitate assessments; and support client transition to appropriate treatment.

  • Generous salary packaging available
  • Maternity leave relief contract to May 2018
  • Part time (15 hours per week)

The successful applicant will have tertiary qualifications in a clinical health related field and be registered with the relevant board or eligible for membership of the relevant professional association.  You will also have previous experience working in a multidisciplinary team providing coordination of client needs for young people and a demonstrated understanding of health & wellbeing needs of young people with mental health and/or substance problems.  High level written & verbal communication skills and IT proficiency are required.

For more information contact:

Name: Jaci Smith (Mental Health Intake Team Leader)
Phone: (02) 4220 7688

Apply now

More information

Donating to headspace Wollongong (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Are you interested in fundraising for or making a donation to headspace Wollongong?

Your generous support helps us to provide vital mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people and their families across the Illawarra.

Set up your own fundraising page:
Are you setting a personal challenge, entering a fundraising event or celebrating a special occasion?
If you would like to fundraise for headspace Wollongong, head to GoFundraise to set up your fundraising page:
www.gofundraise.com.au/beneficiary/headspacewollongong

Donate online:
Donate online using the secure platform of GiveNow:
www.givenow.com.au/headspacewollongong

Donate by direct deposit:
Account Name: Grand Pacific Health
Account number: 606303831
BSB: 082916
Bank: National Australia Bank

Donate by cheque:
Cheques can be made out to Grand Pacific Health and mailed to Attn: Finance, Grand Pacific Health, PO Box 1198, South Coast MC NSW 2521.

Please email headspace@gph.org.au to advise us of your contact details when making a donation by direct deposit or cheque, and include hsWgong as a message/reference with your donation.

Thank you for your support!

Volunteer for headspace Wollongong (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Youth Reference Group (YRG) - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

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 raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing in our community. Find out more by checking out our info sheet.

Apply now at https://form.jotform.co/70036766352860

(or download the Microsoft Word version if you would prefer to print and post your application)

Applications close Sunday 26 February 2017

If you have any questions, 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-6pm - 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

Transgender and gender diverse young people and their families (Click to show below) (Click to hide below)

Parent Support Group

Many parents and carers can feel isolated and alone on their journey of understanding and supporting their child's gender identity.

If you would like to meet other parents and carers, share experiences together, hear from guest speakers, and learn more about a range of health, legal and social topics relevant to transgender and gender diverse young people and their families, contact us to find out more. For parents and carers of transgender and gender diverse children of all ages.

This group is be facilitated by two local parents, in conjunction with The Gender Centre and headspace Wollongong.

Meets first Tuesday of every month. 5.30pm (for 6pm) until 8pm.

Contact headspace Wollongong on 4220 7660 or headspace@gph.org.au to express your interest or find out more, or download a PDF copy of the flyer here.

 

Purple Pack

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.

It includes

  • Information on pronouns, medical and social transitioning, coming out/inviting in, your legal rights, navigating relationships, sexuality and more.
  • Stories from other gender and sexuality 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.

Check out the Purple Pack here

Most importantly, we want you to know that headspace Wollongong is a safe place and we want to support you. Call us on 4220 7660 if you would like to speak to someone. We're here to help.

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

Our Staff  

Clinical Lead
Luke

Admin Team
Nicola
Sarah

GPs
Dr. Cathryn
Dr. John

Psychiatrist
Dr. Muul

Intake Clinicians
Anna
Sammy

Psychologists
Adam
Amalia
Angela
David
Kye
Luke
Mel
Peter
Sophie

Suicide Prevention Psychologists
Adam
Lisa
Rebecca
Sheena

Education Support Psychologist
Alissa

Community Engagement
Clem

Youth Counsellor
Sammy

Youth Worker
Vanessa

Dietician
Leah

Clinical Psychologist - Student Placement
Kathryn

Social Work - Student Placement
Lev

Co-located services

Drug and Alcohol Services
Melinda

Relationships Australia (Family Counselling)
Jenny
Rani 

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.