Headspace Nowra are committed to providing ongoing services to young people. Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation we will be transitioning to more flexible ways of delivering our services.
All clients will be offered online video or phone appointments (telehealth). Talk to us if you would prefer in-person appointments - we will try and work out how best to support you, but we may not be able to offer these at this time.
If you have any concerns please call us on 02 44467300 during business hours.
- Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Nowra is operated by Grand Pacific Health Ltd. 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, South Eastern NSW (Coordinare Ltd).
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Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug issue.
Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
Free support group for parents of Transgender, Gender Diverse or gender questioning children of all ages
Jobs and volunteering
Positions currently available at headspace Nowra
There is an exciting opportunity for a passionate Mental Health professional to join the multi-disciplinary team at headspace Nowra three days per week, providing high quality services to young people aged 12-25.
headspace Nowra is a comprehensive and free youth health service that provides physical and mental health support, information and services to young people aged 12-25 and their families. The team at headspace Nowra includes Social Workers, Youth Counsellors, Clinical and Registered Psychologists, Dietician, Community Engagement Officer, Vocational Specialists and Administration Staff. Headspace Mental Health Clinicians provide services under an early intervention/prevention framework for young people with mental disorders of mild/moderate severity.
The successful applicant will be an appropriately qualified and registered Mental Health Clinician (clinical/registered psychologist, mental health accredited social worker or mental health accredited occupational therapist) and will provide contractor services under the Medicare Benefits Scheme for three days per week. This is a fixed term position until 30 June 2020. They will be provided with ongoing referrals, extensive clinical and administrative support, be co-located with other health professionals within a youth friendly environment, and benefit from attractive attendance-rate-based rental agreement.
Interested applicants should be committed to delivering focused psychological services as part of a multidisciplinary team approach towards meeting the primary care, mental health, drug and alcohol, economic and social recovery needs of young people.
Please note: you must be eligible for a Medicare provider number.
How to apply: download the position description and selection criteria here which must be addressed and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the "apply now" button below. For further information contact David Wootton, Service Manager on email@example.com or call 02 4446 7300.
For more information contact:
Phone: (02) 4446 7300
headspace, Nowra, Wollongong 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
Are you aged between 16 and 25 and live in the Nowra/Shoalhaven area? Do you have something to say about youth mental health and wellbeing?
Who can apply?
We are looking for anyone aged between 16 and 25 who is interested in promoting youth mental health and wellbeing in the Nowra/Shoalhaven area.
We want you to apply if:
You have had your own experiences of feeling depressed, anxious or another mental health issue.
You have a friend or family member who has/or had a mental illness or addiction.
You feel passionate about and are interested in mental health issues and young people’s health and wellbeing in our community.
You are studying or want to study within the health field at TAFE and or University
headspace Nowra is also keen to hear the voices of Indigenous young people, young people from different cultural and language backgrounds, young parents, young people from rural and remote areas, young people of diverse sexualities and genders, and young people who have been homeless.
What is the headspace Nowra Youth Reference Group?
headspace Nowra provides young people with the opportunity to be heard and be active around youth mental health and related issues through the Youth Reference Group (YRG).
There are a number of roles you can play in the YRG, including:
· Planning and organising special events
· Helping us to make our centre responsive to young people’s needs
· Giving feedback about local youth and health services
· Fundraising for headspace Nowra
· Presentations and activities with high schools, TAFE and UOW
· Accessing training and development opportunities
· Media promotions and interviews and publicity
· Sharing your experiences and encouraging early help seeking.
By getting involved you will:
· Have the opportunity to have your say on local services
· Develop new skills
· Meet and work with other young people who are passionate about youth mental health
· Make a difference to youth mental health in your community.
The Youth Reference Group meets fortnightly (during school terms) on a Wednesday afternoon at headspace Nowra, and also provides regular feedback and input through an online forum.
If you have any other questions or wish to apply please contact Kaitlyn on 44215388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact:
Name: Lincoln Smith
Phone: 4446 7300
headspace Nowra is a free, youth-friendly and confidential service for young people aged 12-25 years.
Led by Grand Pacific Health, headspace Nowra brings together a range of services to provide a holistic “one-stop-shop” for young people. Our services include:
Mental Health Support – Youth Counsellors, Youth Workers and other Mental Health Professionals
Drug and Alcohol Support
Education and Employment Support
Physical Health and Sexual Health Support (watch this space)
headspace Nowra is not an acute mental health/crisis service. If you have any immediate concerns regarding the safety/wellbeing of a young person, please call: Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511; Lifeline on 13 11 14; or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. In an emergency, contact 000 immediately.
HOW TO REFER:
Self-Referral: Young people are encouraged to make contact with headspace Nowra directly. Call (02) 4446 7300 within office hours or email email@example.com . The best way to contact us is by calling.
Drop in: Young people can call into headspace Nowra (51 North Street) between 9am-5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday or 9.30-6pm on Wednesday (9am-5pm during Covid restrictions). Staff will endeavour to see the young person the same day, or the next available appointment will be offered.
Professional Referral: GP’s, Allied Health Professionals, community-based agencies and educational institutions can all refer young people to headspace Nowra by phone. General Practitioners should include a mental health care plan (if appropriate) for the young person and send to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX 4421 0045
Family Referral: Families, carers or friends can refer a young person to headspace Nowra. The young person needs to be aware of and consent to the referral and be willing to meet with a member from the headspace Nowra team.
If you have any questions please call 4446 7300
Did you know you can get your own medicare card when you are over a certain age!!!
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Our Care Coordination worker can help you fill out all the paperwork that is needed, we also have forms at reception you can fill out. Come into headspace Nowra to grab your copy today
headspace Nowra and the Gender Centre are partnering to offer a free support group for parents and carers who are interested in meeting other parents and carers and sharing their experiences as parents and carers of Gender diverse children.
Participants of the support group will hear from guest speakers, learn more about a range of health, legal and social topics that are relevant to transgender and gender diverse young people and their families.
The group will be facilitated by a local parent in conjunction with the Gender Centre and headspace Nowra. The groups have not been set for 2018, however If you would like to find out more or register your interest please call headspace Nowra on 44215388 or email email@example.com
Headspace Wollongong, Nowra, Bega and Goulburn now offer telehealth sessions via a special platform called “Attend Anywhere”. We think it gives you the experience most like your normal face-to-face sessions with a clinician. It’s encryption levels mean your conversations stay private, and it allows you to wait in a “waiting room”, under the supervision of our admin team, until your clinician is ready to see you.
WHAT DO I NEED?
- A good connection to the internet
If you can watch a video online (e.g. YouTube) you can make a video call
- One of these:
Google Chrome web browser on a desktop or laptop, or on an Android tablet or smartphone
Safari web browser on an Apple iMac, MacBook, iPad or iPhone
- Web-camera, speakers, and microphone already built into laptops or mobile devices
How much internet data will I use?
You don’t use any data while waiting for a clinician to join you.
An Attend Anywhere video call uses a similar amount of data to Skype® or FaceTime®.
You have your own private video room that only authorised clinicians can enter. Video calls are secure; your privacy is protected.
Your telehealth service will not be recorded by us. We ask you to also agree not to make recordings of our sessions and not to use materials from our sessions elsewhere. If you need further information on how to protect your privacy when using technology, see the booklet “Protecting Yourself Online: what everyone needs to know”
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Your clinician is available to answer all your questions and answer any concerns. Together, you will work out a plan that best suits you. If you wish to speak to someone else about your experience, please call your local headspace centre and ask to speak to the centre manager.
HOW DO I USE ATTEND ANYWHERE?
- Go to https://www.gph.org.au/video a little before the prearranged time for your appointment and select the headspace waiting room (red armchair logo).
- On this web page, click Start video call button and follow the instructions
- Wait in your own private video room
- Your clinician sees you arrive in the waiting area and joins you in your video room when they are ready
If you would like to know more, here’s a short video: https://youtu.be/o-64JK4nLuE
WHAT IF MY CONNECTION DROPS OUT?
- If you lose connection, firstly, wait 30 seconds and try to reconnect using the Refresh button.
- If your video link drops out, or if you intentionally disconnect the videoconference, or leave the room where the videoconference hardware is set up, we will immediately contact you via your nominated contact number. If we cannot contact you, then we will activate your Contingency Plan.
What is my Contingency Plan?
At your first session, you and your clinician will work out a telehealth safety plan. This will be reviewed at the beginning of each session. Your plan will include nominated emergency contacts and/or local and emergency services.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY SESSION?
It can be easy to think of your Telehealth session as a less formal “catch-up” and think it doesn’t need much preparation. To get the best from your session, try to:
1) Find a quiet space. Put away your pets, find a room where you think you won’t be overheard. Try using headphones with an in-built microphones, if you can. Most mobile phones come with these.
2) Bring a notepad and pen. Your clinician won’t be able to give you a piece of paper to take home with you so you might need to jot some things down.
3) Have your phone close to you but turn it onto silent and close your email programs. It is important that your clinician can call you, if something should happen to your Telehealth connection, but it’s also important to try to minimise distractions.
4) Give yourself permission to focus. In these busy times there are lots of things calling for our attention. Give yourself permission to be fully present with your clinician for your session.
5) Your telehealth session with your clinican will not take any longer than an in-person session at our centre would, except you don’t have to spend time travelling to us.
Are you interested in fundraising for or making a donation to headspace Nowra?
Your generous support helps us to provide vital mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people and their families across the Shoalhaven.
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 Nowra, head to GoFundraise to set up your fundraising page:
Donate online using the secure platform of GiveNow: www.givenow.com.au/headspacenowra
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to advise us of your contact details when making a donation by direct deposit or cheque, and include hsNowra as a message/reference with your donation.
Thank you for your support!
headspace Nowra is home to a bunch of different people, who help people in different ways. Some of the main people you can see here are:
Psychologists - a psychologist is someone who has studied the way people think and behave. Our psychologists use different strategies or 'therapies' to help you understand yourself and develop the skills you need to cope with difficult situations. Watch a video explaining what a psychologist does here: http://on.fb.me/1fp24J2
GP (Doctor)- A General Practitioner (GP) is a kind of doctor. They can help you with just about anything you've got going on. Physical stuff, mental health, sexual health, drugs or alcohol use, medication- you name it. Check out a video here: http://on.fb.me/1e9oIYAYouth
Youth Care Coordination- They can help with care coordination to young people and their families, provide practical assistance, such as writing a resume, helping with centre link, work closely with other members of headspace and external providers.
Community Engagement Officer- Increase community awareness of headspace services, facilitate consumer participation, organise and deliver health promotion activities and special events. The community engagement officer also looks at preventive measures for young people and promotes the four core streams (mental health, Drug and alcohol, Vocational and employments and physical health).
Exercise Physiologist- Exercise Physiologists (EPs) specialise in chronic disease health and can help treat a range of conditions through exercise. These include: Help with improving motivation towards being physically active, Mental illness (including mild depression and anxiety disorders), Poor posture, Weight Management, Joint pain. Meeting with you we discuss your health concerns, review your health history and provide you with education and advice on the best way to exercise to meet those goals. We like to focus on what you can do and enjoy the most in order to help you create your own personal physical activity goals.
Dieticians- Dieticians are university-qualified health professionals who translate food and nutrition science into practical advice. Make an appointment with our dietitian for general healthy eating advice or for specific nutrition concerns or medical conditions.
We also run groups from our centre- for details check out the rest of the website or click the link below to watch a video of some of our youth volunteers talking about it.
Sally has worked at headspace Nowra since we opened over 7 years ago and love working here. She has lived and worked locally for over 16 years and enjoys kayaking on the Basin and walking on the beaches.
Kat- Service Manager
Kat is the service manager. She oversees the day to day running of centre. She is also a clinical psychologist and puppy mother to the handsome Winston. Kat is currently on leave and will return to us in 2020.
David - Service manager/Clinical psychologist
Dave oversees the day to day running of centre
Ashlea- Psychologist/Intake worker
Ash supports young people individually with their mental health. She is also an intake worker and one of the first staff members young people might talk to.
Alan - Youth Care Coordinator/Intake worker
Lincoln- Community Engagement Officer
Lincoln will be out and about in the community. He is also the person who organises different projects and activities for the center.
Alicia - Youth Counsellor/ Intake worker
Peter - Psychologist
Rebecca - Family Clinician/Provisional Psychologist
Alex - Psychologist/ Suicide Prevention clinician
Courtney - Vocational specialist (IPS)
Julie - Team leader IPS
Chad - Vocational Specialist
headspace Nowra believes that family and friends play an important role in a young person’s journey to better wellbeing.
We understand that there are many different types of family and friends that are important in a young person’s life.
How you can be involved in supporting your young person will depend on many things – including the young person’s age, life experience and their feelings about family involvement.
Wherever possible, we advocate for and provide meaningful opportunities for family and friends to directly participate in our services.
This pack will introduce you to our service and where you can find further information and support for you and your young person.
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 Nowra is a safe place and we want to support you. Call us on 4421 5388 if you would like to speak to someone. We're here to help.