Welcome to headspace Hobart! We are a free, youth-focused health service for young people aged 12-25 who are:
- feeling down, depressed or anxious
- having difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- being hurt or bullied
- worried about drinking or drug use
- needing sexual health help.
Visits to headspace Hobart are covered by Medicare. Need your own Medicare card? Just ask one of our team.
You don't need a referral to see us at headspace, just call us on 6231 2927 or email .
Please be aware that we are not a crisis service and there may be a waiting time.
To learn more about headspace Hobart , watch our virtual tour .
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Hobart is operated by The Link Youth Health Service. 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, Tasmania (Primary Health Tasmania).
Sexual Health Clinic
Services could include: provision of contraception and advice, testing, support, treatment and management of sexually transmissible infections(STI) HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis vaccination for Hepatitis and HPV, pregnancy testing and referral.
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.
Alcohol & Drug Services
Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug issue.
Youth Reference Group
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
Mental Health Services
Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.
Sexual Health Services
Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services.
Work & Study 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.
Online group chat session for parents and other adults supporting young people. Thursday February 2, at 12pm.
Meet the Team
David Perez - CEO
Miranda Ashby - Centre Manager
Maggi Boughton - Quality Improvement Manager
Kelly Pettit - Clinical Lead
Tania Cerritelli, Molly Devlin, Julie Downie (Practice Coordinator), Monique Utting
Youth Engagement Worker Team
Berny Carroll, Lyndel Dean, Phillip McKay
Alison Edwards, Jenny Presser, Verity Robin, Anthea Dallas
Allied Health Professionals
Kellie Bryan, Natalie Fitzgerald, Jesse Greenwood, Alison Hardinge, Katie Ling, Adela Marrone, Anneke Mertens, Kelly Pettit (Clinical Lead), Wendy Roberts, Bethany Smith, Angela Waite, Kezia Wasdell
BIC (Brief Interventions Clinic) Team
Ker Leow, Angela Waite (BIC Coordinator)
Vocational Specialist Team - Individual Placement Support Program (IPS)
Kim Brown (Admin Assistant), Susan Dickson (Vocational Specialist), Annette Swinnerton Smith (Vocational Specialist), Lorelle Taylor (IPS Supervisor)
Education and Community Health Educator
Drug and Alcohol Worker
Payment and Fees
All services at headspace Hobart are free of charge.
Our Centre has a number of health providers who work under the Medicare system which means that to see our GP and Pyschologists we need your Medicare card.
All visits to the GP are bulk billed and up 10 sessions per calendar year with a Psychologist can also be bulk billed under Medicare.
If you don't have a Medicare card follow this link to apply https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/forms/ms004
If you are not eligible for a Medicare card, please check with our reception staff about payment options.
How can i refer a friend or family member to headspace Hobart?
If you would like to refer someone to our centre, you will need to make sure that the young person is aware that you have referred them, and is willing to meet with a member from the headspace Hobart team. The best option is to encourage or support the young person to call our centre and self refer. If they are not comfortable doing this you can call with them, or call on their behalf but a worker may ask that the young person speak with with them briefly over the phone to confirm they give consent to access the service.
How can I help my child, friend or family member who needs support?
Besides referring the young person to headspace or helping them to access our services, you can also check out the headspace National website which has heaps of great information on helping those around you, www.headspace.org.au.
What do I do if a friend or family member says they don't need help (but I think they do)?
headspace is a consent-based service which means that the young person must be willing to engage with us. During the school terms we are currently running sessions for young people, and parents and carers on a range of topics. Attending with your young person may be a good way of helping them to realise that headspace Hobart is a safe, youth-friendly place. See our website and Facebook page for more information on dates. Or call us on 6231 2927.
Topics for these sessions are:
- Sleeping well
- Physical wellbeing
- Communicating with confidence
- Mindfulness and relaxation
- Understanding and accepting myself
- Understanding my anger
- Understanding my feelings
- Healthy thinking.
You can attend as many of these sessions as you wish.
eheadspace.org.au is another option that can assist young people and gives specialist support to parents and carers who are worried about a young person. This service is easily accessible and may accomodate the needs of the young person greatly if they feel more comfortable talking to someone online or over the phone. This service is available from 9am-1am seven days a week. It is a great resource for young people who are not yet ready to see someone face-to-face. If you need more information, please contact us.
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program
Evidence shows that meaningful employment provides us with a sense of purpose, social inclusion, and financial independence. The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program is an evidence-based model of supported employment meeting the needs of people impacted by mental health issues.
Mental health issues often first occur in adolescence and early adulthood. it is estimated that about 75 percent of mental health issues develop by the age of 25. Mental health issues for this group can therefor impact negatively on educational attainment and transition to the workforce, leading to poor employment outcomes. many teenagers and young adults with mental health issues do not complete Year 12 and are at a high risk of long term labour market disadvantage as well as welfare dependency.
Mental health issues can be a barrier to gaining and keeping employment, yet a good job is often something that keeps people mentally healthy. this new service model provides a vital link between headspace, young people, employers and other support and employment services within the Hobart community.
To be eligible for the IPS program, a young person must be a client of headspace Hobart and indicate that, as part of their treatment with us, that they would like to return to work, training or education.
headspace Hobart employs two Vocational Specialists and an IPS Supervisor, who have assisted young people to overcome barriers, so that they can:
- Gain meaningful employment-some work placements to date: administration, warehousing, retail, bakery, hospitality
- Return to school: For example, assistance enrolment and study plans.
- Assist with finding suitable training courses, including barista courses, VET courses, job ready training, traineeships
- Assist with enrolment in tertiary education, including university studies
How do I get to headspace Hobart?
headspace Hobart is located at 49 Liverpool Street in Hobart, a 5 minute walk from the Elizabeth Street Bus Mall.
Our reception area and downstairs rooms are wheelchair accessible.
Unfortunately we can't provide onsite parking, but long term parking is available at the Argyle Street Carpark, where the first hour and a half is free.
Information for General Practitioners (GPs)
General Practitioner Referral.
If you would like to refer a young person, please complete our referral form.
GPs should include a Mental Health Care Plan for the young person and attach it to the GP referral form. These can be sent via fax to headspace Hobart on 6231 3908 or email.
Please include as much information as possible in the referral.
Referrals must be undertaken with the consent of the young person.
How do I get a Medicare card?
All of our services at headspace Hobart are free - but for some services you will need a Medicare card.
If you do not have a Medicare card you can apply on the Human Services page - https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/medicare-card
If you are ineligible to apply for a Medicare Card give us a call and we will direct you to alternative appropriate services for you
Launch of Hawthorn FC and headspace Hobart Community Partnership
Players from the Hawthorn Football club recently joined with us at headspace Hobart for an Open Day, and to launch our Community Partnership.
How to make an appointment at headspace Hobart
At headspace Hobart we understand that asking for help when you are not well can sometimes be overwhelming, so we try to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for young people to access our services.
If you would like to see someone at headspace Hobart, or to find out more about how we can help, just give us a call on 6231 2927, or send us an email.
Please be aware that we are not a crisis service and there may be a waiting time for an appointment. If you require immediate support please contact Lifeline on 11 13 14 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.
If you are a parent, carer or friend of a young person and would like to refer a young person to headspace Hobart please complete our referral form. Referrals should include as much information as possible to assist us in getting the young person the right help that they need more quickly.Once completed, please return via fax on 6231 3908.
headspace Hobart aims to provide easy access to services for young people at no cost, and we ensure that we respect your confidentiality.
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.
Don't have a Medicare card? Follow this link to the application form here.
If you are an international student you must pay for your consultation, then you can claim from your private health provider.
Sexual Health Clinic
Our sexual health doctor, Alison, has a clinic at headspace Hobart on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Appointments are often available on the day. Just call 6231 2927 or email to make a booking.
You can come and discuss:
-general sexual health questions
-pregnancy testing and pregnancy options
-contraception, including the pill and Implanon insertion
There is no cost involved (fully covered by Medicare)
headspace Hobart Youth Reference Group
We value our volunteer youth advocates who make up our headspace Hobart Youth Reference Group. They assist us in delivering community awareness events and provide advice with regard to delivering youth friendly services.
We are always keen to hear from you if you're 16-25 years of age, have been a client of our service, and/or have an interest in promoting mental health and wellbeing in the Hobart community.
headspace Hobart will provide a range of training to support your participation in a range of groups and activities.
By getting involved you will:
- Have the opportunity to have your say on local and National youth mental health topics
- Develop new skills
- Meet and work with other young people who are passionate about youth mental health
- We offer training opportunities for our Youth Reference Group members such as certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
If you would like to learn more about the group or the application process to become a member please contact Shelagh, our Community Health Educator on 6231 2927 or email.
School and Community Workshops
Working collaboratively with schools and community groups to promote mental health awareness, resilience and early help seeking is a priority for the team at headspace Hobart.
Our Community Health Educator and Youth Engagement Workers are available to deliver presentation and workshops.
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 that we can provide and ways that we can look after each other.
These interactive sessions cover the following:
- What is mental health?
- The impact of stress
- Positive coping skills and self regard
- How to help a mate
- Seeking help
If your school is planning an expo or other event which has a youth mental health and wellbeing focus, we can attend as a stall-holder, providing opportunities for students to interact with us. Our stall will include resources about headspace services, other local and National youth mental health resources and when possible, merchandise to give away.
We can also offer more tailored presentations with specific themes, depending on the age and needs of the group, that are delivered as interactive chats, however these presentations require a bit more planning, so please allow plenty of time with your request.
To arrange a presentation or workshop at your school, sporting club or other community group, please contact our Community Health Educator on 6231 2927 or email