Please note there have been changes to the way our centre operates in response to COVID-19.
We are still offering support to young people aged 12-25 over the phone and face to face video conferencing.
For more information please call us on (03) 9076 7500
headspace Elsternwick is a free or low cost service where young people aged 12-25 can access qualified mental health and well being professionals, including GPs, psychologists, drug and alcohol counsellors, and employment service providers.
You can self-refer if you like, but a mental health care plan is required to see one of our mental health professionals.
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Elsternwick is operated by Alfred Health. 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 Melbourne (South East Melbourne 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.
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
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 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 Elsternwick
Seeking experienced GPs to join our existing team for an immediate start
headspace Elsternwick and Bentleigh are seeking motivated and experienced General Practitioners with an interest in youth mental health to work on a part time basis.
headspace is a National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 years old. This 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, alcohol and other drug services.
Working at a headspace centre gives GPs an opportunity to: - improve the lives of young people as part of an interesting and innovative team: - provide a full range of health services with an emphasis on managing mental health problems: - be part of a supportive, multidisciplinary team: and develop confidence and increased skills in working with young people.
Other benefits include:
- Focus on evidence-based practice: from assessment to appropriate prescribing
- Modern fully computerised facilitates with full reception and admin support
- Competitive remuneration with a 100% of MBS billings
- Part-time positions are welcomed
About the Opportunity:
We are seeking youth-focused General Practitioners (fully registered) with an interest in youth mental health to join headspace services at two headspace centres based in Elsternwick and / or Bentleigh.
You will have access to flexible working arrangements and be fully supported by a team consisting of Clinical Lead, Practice Administrator, Intake Team and Reception Staff.
What we can offer:
- A multi-disciplinary team focus with support from onsite Alfred Health Practitioners
- Full administration support including reception, appointment bookings & billing
- Flexible working hours
- Fully computerised medical software with IT support. Training provided on-sit
What we are looking for:
- An interest in mental health (particularly early intervention)
- A desire to make a difference in the lives of young people
- Ability to provide a full range of health services including sexual health, chronic health management and general health checks
- Be Vocationally Registered and eligible to apply for a Medicare Provider number
- No DWS, or GPs with Medicare moratorium restrictions.
For more information contact:
Name: Jane Laidlaw - Centre Manager
Phone: 0403 088 279
headspace Elsternwick is easily accessible by all public transport. No more than a five minute is needed when you take either of these options.
headspace Elsternwick is less than 300 metres from Elsternwick station on the Sandringham line. Come out of the station, (carefully) cross the road, and then turn right. Continue walking along Glenhuntly Rd until you see our green awning.
The #67 tram goes straight along Glenhuntly Rd. It originates in Carnegie and terminates at Melbourne Uni (and back again). Along the way it goes along Swanston St, St Kilda Rd, Nepean Hwy, Brighton Rd, and Truganini Rd.
Lots of bus options will each get you very close to our centre.
216 and 219 buses come down Hotham St and stop of Elsternwick train station.
220 bus goes down Orrong Rd.
246 bus comes down Punt Rd and Barkly St, before turning into Glenhuntly Rd.
606 bus originates in Fisherman's Bend and hugs the bay as it goes through Port Melbourne, Albert Park, and St Kilda, finally terminating at Elsternwick train station.
623 bus from St Kilda to Glen Waverley goes along Glen Eira Rd, which is a short walk to Glenhuntly Rd. Heading down St Georges Rd is your best bet.
625 bus originates in Oakleigh and takes a lot of the back streets south of Glenhuntly Rd.
If in any doubt, just use Public Transport Victoria's Journey Planner.
headspace Elsternwick aims to be accessible for all young people.
We have wheelchair accessible ground floor consult rooms available on request.
We also have gender neutral bathrooms.
If there is anything you need to make your visit with us comfortable and enjoyable, please let us know.
headspace Elsternwick offers young people aged 12 to 25 access to mental health professionals for counselling and support.
To access our mental health services, just call up and speak to one of our friendly reception staff about the process.
Our services are free or low cost, and we will ensure that your privacy and confidentiality are maintained and respected.
With a Mental Health Care Plan - a formal document completed with a GP - young people are able to access up to 10 Medicare funded sessions with headspace Elsternwick in any calendar year (Jan - Dec).
Please speak with one of our Access team if you are concerned about the possible cost of seeing a mental heath clinician.
headspace Elsternwick offers free and confidential support for young people (and their families) who are experiencing, or are at risk of developing, psychosis.
The hYEPP service runs out of all headspace centres in the South-East region - Elsternwick, Bentleigh, Frankston, Dandenong, and Narre Warren - and includes outreach and social recovery services.
No formal referral is needed for you to get help from hYEPP. This means that you can refer yourself into the service.
If you feel you need our help and support, just pick up the phone and call up any of the centres listed above.
For more information about hYEPP, please visit this link.
If you are in need of a check-up, need a referral, or a mental health care plan, headspace Elsternwick can help.
Although we don't always have a doctor in the house, with a bit of planning you can make sure all of your physical and mental health needs are taken care of at headspace. And as long as you are covered by Medicare, all GP services will be bulk billed (which means you don't have to pay).
Dr. Jacinta Halloran can see you on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm to 5pm.
For a check-up, simply make an appointment through headspace Elsternwick reception. If you need to see the doctor to get a referral or mental health care plan, please call up and ask to speak to someone from our Access team.
If you want to get your own Medicare Card, check this out for more info...
Sometimes it's not just you who could benefit from speaking to someone. At headspace Elsternwick we offer counselling sessions for the whole family to help work through any issues.
If you and your family - no matter how big or small - feel like you could use an intensive session, then please give us a call to talk about your options.
Family counselling at headspace Elsternwick is designed to be for only one session (although you can come back if you want), which is why we make it 2 hours long.
headspace Elsternwick offers individual and group art therapy sessions to assist in mental health recovery through creative expression.
Our art therapist, Sarah Kipnis, is available at headspace Elsternwick Monday's and every 2nd Wednesday.
To make a booking, just phone our reception and ask to speak with one of our Access team.
There is no cost for headspace clients to see Sarah or participate in one of her amazing groups.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG COUNSELLING
If you find that you're using substances like alcohol, marijuana, or amphetamines so much that they're preventing you achieving what you want, then headspace Elsternwick might be able to help.
Alcohol and drug counselling appointments are available with Sara Klnak on Tuedays, 9am to 5pm.
To make an appointment, just call up and ask to speak to a member of our Access team who will be able to help. There is no cost for headspace clients for appointments with Rene!
If coming in on a Wednesday is out of the question, please still call, and we can arrange a referral for you to speak to someone on a more convenient day.
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT
Need help with putting resume together? Want to get some practical tips searching for a job? Want to get job-ready?
Then headspace Elsternwick might be able to help with our vocational service.
Chris from Sign For Work is in our centre every second Thursday from 1pm to 4pm. There is no cost for headspace clients to meet with Chris.
Appointments can be made through reception.
Clinical services at headspace Elsternwick are funded through the Medicare system. This means you can get free or low-cost mental health services.
In order to qualify for this, you must consult your GP about obtaining a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). This will allow us to bulk bill (either partially or fully) up to 10 clinical sessions with a psychologist for you in the calendar year.
If you are coming to headspace Elsternwick by yourself and you do not have an income, or if your family has a Health Care Card, clinical services will be free. If this circumstances don't apply to you, we will ask you to pay for the gap that Medicare doesn't cover. This is around $30.
If you do not have a Medicare card, or do not wish to utilise a MHCP, there is the option to pay for sessions which can be arranged with the centre staff.
In the event you are not eligible for Medicare support, or have already utilised your 10 sessions available through a MHCP this year, please contact us to discuss options.
Non-clinical services (e.g. art therapy, alcohol and other drug counselling, etc.) are free for existing headspace Elsternwick clients.
hYEPP services do not require a MHCP or Medicare coverage.
For more information on how to get a Medicare Card and your eligibility please visit this link:
Information about Medicare for visitors to Australia can be directly accessed via this link:
If you have any questions about this process or would like further information please contact us to discuss with one of the friendly headspace Elsternwick staff.
If you ever need to turn to headspace Elsternwick for some help and support, there are a number of friendly staff members you may come in contact with.
Ensuring that headspace Elsternwick keeps running and is able to provide the services that we do, we are always dependent on…
Jane Laidlaw- Centre Manager
Marvin Smith - Practice Manager
Olivia Walder – Receptionist
Rupa Natha- Receptionist
Bentleigh Centre (B) Elsternwick Centre (E)
Christopher Trewavas -Clinical Psychologist (B&E)
Gabby Baschuk - Social Worker (B)
Jo Lajbcygier- Clinical Psychologist (B)
Joel Sharrock- Social Worker (B)
Katherine Salter- GP/Bentleigh (B)
Meagan Phelan- Clinical Psychologist (B)
Noah Mankowitz- Clincial Psychologist (B&E)
Rachmi Aron- Psychologist (B&E)
Sam Tabak- Clincial Psychologist (B)
Tania Grunfield- Clincial Psychologist (B&E)
Toula Filiadis- Social Worker (B&E)
Annette Krastin- Psychologist (E)
Angela Donahue- Psychologist (E)
Caroline Weinstein- Clinical Psychologist (E)
Claire Lincoln- Psychologist (E)
Christine Vay- Social Worker (E)
Jacinta Halloran- GP (E)
Jessica George- Clinical Psychologist (E)
Jo Aldred- Registered Practical Nurse (E)
Marissa Skovron- Clinical Psychologist (E)
Monica Hadges- Mental Haealth Social Worker (E)
Olympia Anthanasopoulos- Clincial Psycholgist (E)
Priyanka Malhorta- Psychologist (E)
Sara Klank- Youth AOD Counsellor (E)
Sarah Kipnis- Creative Arts Therapist (E)
Simone Kaplan- Social Worker (E)
If you’re contacting headspace Elsternwick for some mental health support, the first step is to participate in a brief phone chat. This is called ‘access’ and it’s where we are able to determine what kind of support you need. During this step, you’ll be most likely chatting with…
Jessica Hieger -Access
Lisa Gundish – Access
Catherine Keen – Access
After this, you might like to make an appointment to come in and speak to someone face-to-face. At headspace Elsternwick, we can offer service responses for a range of issues, so you’ll most likely be meeting with one of these skilled, professional, and – above all – friendly people…
Lastly (but not leastly), you might be contacting us to see if we can speak at your school or attend a community event. At headspace Elsternwick we are very committed to getting out into the community and increasing mental health literacy and help-seeking practices.
If you need someone to talk to, call headspace Elsternwick on 9076 7500.
headspace Elsternwick is currently looking for new members for the Youth Advisory Committee.
If you are between the ages of 16 and 25 and interested in joining, please fill in this form here and we will be in contact.
Please note, the Youth Advisory Committee is a volunteer commitment, but comes with numerous benefits.
headspace Elsternwick is available to attend your school or organisation to present information regarding mental health, help-seeking, and headspace services.
If you would like us to provide your students with an informative and engaging presentation, or speak to your staff about referral processes and service pathways, then please fill out one of the following online forms.
For a presentation to students at schools and other educational institutions, make a booking request here.
For a presentation to service providers and community groups working with young people, make a booking request here.
If you're not feeling up to coming in to headspace Elsternwick in person or are unable to do so, please consider registering for eheadspace, which provides online and telephone mental health support.
eheadspace is staffed by committed mental health professionals who are able to support you with short-term interventions.
Check out the service here.
PLEASE NOTE - eheadspace is not a crisis service. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please call 000 immediately, or a crisis support service: Lifeline - 13 11 41 and online, or Kid's Helpline - 1800 55 1800.
headspace School Support provides localised support to secondary schools affected by suicide.
The service is flexible and is designed to respond to the individual needs of schools and school communities. Support is provided by working with relevant education bodies, local headspace centres and other service providers.
Call us on 1800 688 248 or email email@example.com
Please note office hours are 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Calls and emails received outside these hours will be attended to on the next working day.
To learn more visit the website here.
Developed in between headspace Elsternwick and Bentleigh, School Focused Youth Services, and the Education Engagement Partnership, the School Disengagement Screening Tool assists in establishing action-orientated, objective conversations about school disengagement.
It is designed to be interactive and encourage student, parent and school staff to develop an agreed upon understanding of how school disengagement impacts each individual student.
The School Disengagement Screening Tool can be used to:
- identify where students are on the continuum of engagement to disengagement;
- identify school-based and external factors impacting on school engagement;
- focus conversation and action within a wellbeing or School Support Group meeting; and
- refer to external agencies.
You can access the School Disengagement Screening Tool here.
headspace Elsternwick welcomes financial donations to assist in the provision of non-clinical services and community engagement events.
If you would like to donate specifically to headspace Elsternwick, please contact Kaz Gunther (Community Engagement) via firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to donate to headspace National, please follow the link at the top of the page.