headspace Wollongong is a free youth health service for young people aged 12-25 years. Young people have access to a variety of experienced and friendly staff at headspace , like psychologists, counsellors, youth workers and doctors. Maybe you've had a big change or something's gone wrong for you. Maybe you feel like something isn't quite right, but you're not exactly sure what. That's okay too. Give us a call to make an appointment.
- Monday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 8:45am - 8:00pm
- Friday: 8:45am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Wollongong 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).
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.
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.
Headspace Wollongong youth volunteers walk on September 15 to bring suicide prevention 'into the light'
Calling all multicultural young people! Join the Cultural Creations project, starting this week at Wollongong Youth Centre.
How do I get there?
Parking: There is timed on-street parking available on Atchison Street and surrounding streets. Find out more about parking in the city centre here.
Public transport: We're a short walk from Wollongong train station and the free bus (Crown St bus stops). Plan your trip here.
A group for young people aged 12-16 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual. Lots of social stuff, learning new things, and fun hang outs. Every second Monday from 4pm-6pm at headspace Wollongong
A group for young people aged 12-25 who are fans of gaming. Chats about games and gaming as well as other life stuff.
Rainbow League (LGBTIQ Group)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Clem at headspace Wollongong (4220 7660 or email@example.com).
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)'.
How to refer to headspace Wollongong
headspace Wollongong is not an acute or crisis mental health service. If you (or a young person you are supporting) is in need of immediate support, please call the Mental Health Line (1800 011 511), Lifeline (13 11 14) or Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800). In an emergency, contact 000 immediately.
For young people and their families:
Contact headspace Wollongong on 4220 7660 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
If you're making an appointment for a family member or a friend, please note that the young person needs to be aware of and consent to the referral and be willing to meet with a member from the headspace Wollongong team.
GPs, Allied Health Professionals, community-based agencies and educational institutions can all refer young people to headspace Wollongong by phone, fax or post using our referral form. Please note that we cannot accept referral forms over email.
Donating to headspace Wollongong
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:
Donate online using the secure platform of GiveNow:
Donate by direct deposit:
Account Name: Grand Pacific Health
Account number: 606303831
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 email@example.com 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!
Youth Reference Group (YRG)
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.
Applications for the Youth Reference Group are now closed for 2018. If you would like to be notified when our YRG applications open for 2019, please contact Amy on (02) 4220 7660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sure if you can make a regular volunteering commitment but still want to help out? Register as a fundraising volunteer and we'll give you a call when opportunities arise.
Our fundraising volunteers help us raise funds which support our vital work in raising awareness and understanding about mental health, and breaking down barriers to seeking help.
Opportunities may include volunteer barbeques, cloak room/bag minding services at events, and other events as they arise.
(Please note that this is not a mental health awareness role. Applications for our Youth Reference Group generally open in Jan-Feb of each year)
Transgender and gender diverse young people and their families
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. (Note: No meeting in January)
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 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.
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.
How to get your own Medicare card
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.