Health and wellbeing

healthAbility (formerly Nillumbik Health)

healthAbility promotes the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of people in the Nillumbik community and surrounding areas.

This website has information about services nearby to help you with some of the harder issues young people face such as self-harm, homelessness and many more. For more information, visit healthAbility

Reach Out

ReachOut is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times and find ways to boost their own mental health and wellbeing.

They do this by building skills and providing information, support and referrals in ways they know will work. For more information, visit ReachOut

Youth Dental Program

This is a service that provides priority, free-of-charge care for secondary school students in years 9-12 and for school leavers under 18 years of age. The service provides:

  • Dental check-ups and professional advice, cleaning, fillings and root canal therapy
  • Mouth guards and splints
  • Emergency appointments and referrals to specialists at Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital where necessary.

Appointments are also available out of school hours on Monday nights and Saturday mornings. There's no waiting list to access this program and all conservative treatment is free of charge.

For more information, phone healthAbility (formerly Nillumbik Health) on 9431 1333 or visit healthAbility

Medicare Teen Dental Plan

The Medicare Child Dental Plan entitles many teens to a dental voucher to help with the cost of a preventative dental check.

To be eligible, teenagers had to be entitled to Medicare benefits, be receiving certain government payouts individually or as part of a family and be aged 12-17 years for at least part of the calendar year.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule covers a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions for children aged 2-17 years.

From Harm to Calm

Self-harm continues to be an issue that impacts on the lives of many young people and their families. The From Harm to Calm project has a focus on direct service, group work and supporting young people in both secondary and upper primary schools.

For more information, phone healthAbility (formerly Nillumbik Health) on 9431 1333. You can also download the booklet and find out about services at healthAbility

Victoria Legal Aid--publication for sexual assault victims

Victoria Legal Aid's 'Sexual Assault: the law, your rights as a victim' has now been reprinted. This free 20-page booklet provides a clear overview of the legal process for victims of sexual assault.

It has been updated to reflect changes to the law relating to sexual offences and it provides information for victims about:

  • Where sexual assault victims can get help
  • The pros and cons of reporting a sexual assault to the police
  • The legal process after reporting a sexual assault
  • Compensation and financial assistance for sexual assault victims.

For more information visit the Legal Aid website or phone 9269 0223. If you need more information about sexual assault, go to Reach Out

Headspace

Headspace is committed to making sure that the young people across Australia have the best support, access, information and services for health issues.

They have increased capacity for young people to see GPs and allied health practitioners. This means there is currently no wait and it is a perfect time to refer young people for any of the following:

  • General physical health
  • Sexual health
  • Nutrition and diet
  • Contraception
  • Relationships
  • Sports injuries
  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Not coping at school
  • Not sleeping well or sleeping too much
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Wanting to cut down drinking or drug use
  • Being bullied, hurt or sexually harassed.

Headspace Greensborough is now open at Level 1, 66-78 Main St, Greensborough. For more information, visit Headspace

Mental Health Advice Line

The Mental Health Advice Line is a state-wide Victorian phone service that provides immediate, expert mental health advice from a registered mental health professional, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By calling one state-wide number,1300 280 737, Victorians of all ages and backgrounds will now have speedy access to clear expert advice, referral and information about the full spectrum of mental health issues. Calls from anywhere in Victoria are charged at the cost of a local call (mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate).

For more information on local services, visit Victorian Mental Health Services

Better Health Channel

Information about healthy living and eating. They have a great page on food facts with information on everything from food labels to junk food and there are also quizzes and heaps of recipes for all lifestyles and nutritional needs.

They also provide information about weight management issues and strategies for people with disabilities.For more information, visit Better Health Channel

Youth Central: Body Health

The Victorian Government is committed to helping young people be positive about themselves. 

Find advice on staying healthy as well as lots of links to websites with detailed information about improving and maintaining your body health. For more information, visit Youth Central: Body Health

Mind Health Connect

Supported by the Australian Government, this website provides information on mental health and wellbeing and support services. For more information, visit Mind Health Connect