headspace Elsternwick is a free or low cost service where young people aged 12-25 can access qualified mental health professionals, drug and alcohol counsellors and vocational service providers.
You can self-refer, however, a mental health treatment plan is required to see our mental health professionals. We have other workers and programs you can access without a mental health treatment plan. We also provide an early psychosis program.
headspace Elsternwick is conveniently located near Elsternwick train station.
- 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).
If you live near our headspace centre in a rural area but cannot travel in to see us, you can see our mental health workers online.
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.
Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.
Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug concern.
A headspace early intervention program to improve the lives of young people, and their families, who are affected by psychosis.
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 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
- Medical software with IT support and onsite training
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: (03) 9076 7500
Private Practitioner (Positions available at headspace Syndal, Elsternwick and Bentleigh)
- OT/SW/Psychologist / Psychiatrists / General Practitioners
- Operate as a session based Private Practitioner; set your hours
- Honorary employee to Alfred Health, Fixed-term to June 2022
- Must have provider number for bulk-billing to Medicare
What's in it for you?
- Be involved in the establishment of a new headspace Centre in Syndal (Monash area), an innovative youth mental health program that is making a real difference in the community
- No fee charges for room or reception, therefore you receive 100% of the Medicare Billing, and where clients can afford it, a full fee payment $35 above the Medicare rebate amount
- A supportive and fun team working environment with Administration staff & Senior Clinicians to support you on site
Established in 2006, headspace offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for young people aged 12 -25 and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties. It provides an opportunity for young people to receive help early and promotes a 'no wrong door' approach to supporting young people and their families through the provision of GPs, counsellors, Alcohol & other Drug workers and Vocational and Educational support.
What you’ll be doing
The Allied Mental Health Practitioner is responsible for the provision of counselling services to young people aged between 12 – 25 years at headspace under a Mental Health Care Plan through Medicare-funded items as a private provider.
Our experienced and supportive Access team will screen referrals, allocate to the appropriate private practitioner based on the young person’s clinical needs and presentation and schedule first time clients in to your appointment schedule.
It is a condition of employment that appointees to this position are contracted private practitioners with Alfred Health operating from the headspace Centre.
- Relevant tertiary qualifications and registration (AHPRA or AASW)
- Must have provider number for bulk-billing to Medicare
- Indemnity insurance to the value of $10 million
- Current Victorian Drivers Licence
- Current working rights visa
- Satisfactory completion of a Police Check and Working with Children Check
For more information contact:
Name: Jane Laidlaw, Centre Manager
Phone: (03) 9076 7500
- Fixed Term to July 2024, Full-time with flexible ADO
- Based at headspace Elsternwick
- Occupational Therapy, Social Work- Graduate (Grade 1)
- Supportive multi-disciplinary team environment
What's in it for you:
- Enrolment in the AMAH Entry Level Program comprising of:
- 15 professional development days
- 4 hours per week dedicated study time
- Weekly clinical supervision
- Monthly Peer Supervision
- Access to training including CMHL, Discovery College, AMAH Workforce, Alfred General Hospital Graduate Program, & MORE!
Alfred Mental & Addiction Health is responsible for the operation of services, which focus on people with a severe mental illness residing in the Inner South Eastern area of Melbourne.
The single most important goal of Alfred Mental & Addiction Health is to create an environment that facilitates clinical recovery, supports individual recovery efforts and strives to minimise service system barriers to the recovery process.
headspace Southern Melbourne was established in 2007 and Alfred Health became the lead agency in 2011. The centre was relocated and became headspace Elsternwick in 2013. In the same year, headspace Elsternwick launched the beginnings of headspace Early Psychosis program and established services offered from the Bentleigh Centre. In 2020, Alfred Health won the tender to provide the headspace services to the Monash area and the headspace Syndal Centre was established.
What you’ll be doing
As our headspace graduate, you will be a member of the ‘Start Now’ team. This is a multidisciplinary team with senior clinicians, Master students on clinical placement and new graduates from Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Psychology. We also work closely with Psychiatric Registrars plus Art Therapists and Family Therapists.
In this role, you will provide:
- One on one ongoing counselling sessions for young people aged 16-25 and their families and networks. These will be provided face-to-face at Elsternwick and Bentleigh sites or via Tele Health. Young people referred to the Start Now clinic are assessed by intake and deemed to be low risk and of lower complexity than other young people waiting to see a headspace primary clinician.
- Single Session Family Therapy as a member of the multidisciplinary SSFT team. You will be a co-therapist or part of the reflective team providing short-term interventions to families of young people.
- Orientation and mentoring of masters students on clinical placement in the Start Now student clinic.
- Group work interventions online and face to face including Positive Psychology and Tuning into Teens.
- Discipline specific assessments OT/SW
- Family interventions, parent work, family assessments and therapy
- Community Education about headspace and youth mental health.
- Liaison with schools and community agencies
- Liaison, collaboration and planning with headspace staff including intake, primary clinicians, art therapy and family therapy staff
- Approved tertiary qualifications and eligibility for membership of AHPRA or relevant professional registering body
- Appropriate work visa
- Current Victorian Driver's License
- Current Working with Children Check and be willing to undergo a Background Check
- A supportive and fun team working environment
- Great employment benefits as part of Alfred Health - Wellbeing initiatives, access to salary packaging, novated leasing and discounted health insurance and banking
- Great work life balance & located close to public transport, shops and restaurants
If this opportunity sounds like it is for you, please apply here.
For more information regarding the position, please contact Shelley McDonald on ph: (03) 9076 7500
Closing date: Tuesday, 19 July 2022 by 11pm AEST
headspace Elsternwick offers young people aged 12 to 25 access to mental health professionals for counselling and support.
To access our mental health services, please call us on (03) 9076 7500 or email us to speak with one of our friendly team.
Our services are free or low cost, and we will ensure that your privacy and confidentiality is maintained and respected.
With a Mental Health Treatment Plan - a formal document completed with a GP (Doctor) - you can access up to 20 Medicare funded sessions in any calendar year (Jan - Dec).
Please speak with our team if you are concerned about the possible cost of seeing a mental heath clinician. Our team can also provide you with advice on how to obtain a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
If your use of alcohol and other drugs is preventing you from achieving what you want, headspace Elsternwick may be able to help.
We offer free alcohol and other drug counselling with a professional and experienced counsellor.
Call our team on (03) 9076 7500 or email to learn more.
Click here to view headspace AOD resources and interactive supports.
headspace work and study programs support young people aged 15-25 years with everything related to education and employment. From finding your first job to deciding what to study, we can help. Support is available in the centre or online. Our services are free and tailored to your individual needs.
Visit: headspace Work and Study to create a free, online account.
Call us on (03) 9076 7500 or email us to learn more.
The headspace Early Psychosis program offers specialist support for young people who are experiencing, or at an increased risk of developing psychosis.
In South East Melbourne, there are five headspace centres that work closely together to offer this program including headspace Elsternwick, Bentleigh, Frankston, Dandenong and Narre Warren.
If you or someone you know could benefit from learning more about the headspace Early Psychosis program please call us on (03) 9076 7500 or email.
You can also read more about early psychosis here.
headspace Elsternwick offers free, individual and group art therapy sessions with qualified professionals. They can assist in your mental health recovery through creative expression.
To make a booking, phone our team on (03) 9076 7500 or email to learn more.
We understand that family and friends are often the first to notice when you are struggling.
This comprehensive guide includes mental health resources, tips on how to communicate with young people and support for work and study.
If you know a parent, carer or friend of a young person seeking support please call us on (03) 9076 7500 or email us for more information.
Sometimes it's not just young people who could benefit from speaking to someone. At headspace Elsternwick we offer counselling for the whole family.
Your family can access counselling even without a young person engaged in services. Sessions are one hour with a maximum of two per family, and are bulk-billed or low cost.
Call our team on (03) 9076 7500 or email learn more.
Is there a volunteer program at headspace Elsternwick?
Yes. Young people aged 18-25 can volunteer with headspace Elsternwick to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of their community.
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a group of young people that develops and delivers community events and projects, as well as providing feedback to headspace Elsternwick on how to improve mental health services. YAC members have the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge in advocacy, public speaking, events and mental health.
How do I get involved?
Recruitment for the headspace Elsternwick YAC is currently closed. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates or call us on (03) 9076 7500 or email us.
Can I do work experience at headspace Elsternwick?
No, unfortunately we don't offer work experience opportunities.
If you're not feeling up to coming in to headspace Elsternwick in person or are unable to do so, please consider creating a free account with eheadspace.
eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help:
- If you are feeling down
- If you are feeling stressed
- If you are being bullied
- If you have concerns about drugs and alcohol
- Getting along with your family and friends
- Romantic relationships
- Questions about sex
- Questions about gender and who you are attracted to
- Getting advice about helping a friend
- Anything you want to talk about!
You can get support for your mental health by creating a headspace account. Here, you can access group chats, online communities, and 1:1 direct support with qualified and committed eheadspace professionals.
eheadspace operates between 9am – 1am (Melbourne time) 7 days a week for a 1-on-1 chat. It’s a confidential, free and safe space to talk about what’s going on.
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.
If your school or community organisation would like some mental health information or resources headspace Elsternwick can help. We regularly collaborate with:
- Sporting clubs
- Local businesses
- Community based organisations.
Please complete this form with details about your event. One of our team will be in touch, however please be aware we are not always available on weekends.
You will need a Medicare Card to visit headspace Elsternwick.
Please view information about our fees here.
If you are over the age of 15, you can apply for your own Medicare card. Visit this link for more information.
If you are ineligible for a Medicare Card please call us (03) 9076 7500 so we can help you.
The team at headspace Elsternwick are qualified mental health professionals. Meet them here.
Many community organisations hold fundraising events and donate the proceeds to headspace Elsternwick.
If you would like to get involved, please call us on (03) 9076 7500 or email us.
headspace Elsternwick is accessible for all people, with ground floor rooms available on request. We also have gender neutral bathroom.
If there is anything you need to make your visit with us comfortable and enjoyable, please let us know.
headspace Elsternwick is easily accessible by public transport and car.
headspace Elsternwick is a short walk from Elsternwick train station, which is on the Sandringham line. Exit the train station to the right and continue walking along Glenhuntly Road until you see the green headspace sign.
The number 67 tram runs along Glen Huntly Road. It starts in Carnegie and terminates at Melbourne University. Stop 45 is Elsternwick Shopping Centre/Glen Huntly Road and stop 44 is Elsternwick Railway Station. View the Yarra Tram Melbourne Network Map.
There are several bus routes operating within a short walk from headspace Elsternwick. We recommend using the PTV Journey Planner.
One hour parking is available on Glen Huntly Road. Two or four hour unmetered parking is available on St Georges Road and Railway Parade.
If you need additional support please call us on (03) 9076 7500.