Student Wellbeing

Students and their families have access to a range of welfare staff including:

  • Social Worker – Mr Paul Roberts
  • Social Worker – Mrs Kyra Dawson
  • Social Worker – Ms Sylvia Groza
  • College Chaplain – Mr Frank Jetmar
  • College Nurse – Mrs Tracey Anastasi

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Wellbeing staff are available to discuss and give advice on personal or family problems, particularly those affecting a student’s academic or social development. Wellbeing staff can also provide referrals to community agencies that can assist students and their families.

The Student Wellbeing Team are able to assist students or families who have extreme financial difficulties (e.g. cannot afford a uniform, books, camp etc) or who require information about financial assistance provided by government agencies (e.g.  Youth Allowance). Please select the following link for a list of services available: Financial Support Services – 2017

Wellbeing staff also organise programs in:

  • Peer Mediation: Senior students act as mediators in an effort to resolve minor disputes between other (usually younger) students.
  • Personal Development & Life Skills – anger management, grief counselling, effective parenting etc.
  • Social Skills Training.
  • Referral to psychologist via Medicare.
  • DET referral to psychologist / speech pathologist.
  • Anti-violence workshops.
  • Referral to alternative teaching settings for 1-2 terms.
  • Sexuality or drug issues.

On-campus Counselling Service

Ms Amanda Heaton-Harris, an experienced Mental Health Social Worker, provides ongoing counselling (up to 10 sessions per calendar year) to students at no cost to families with a referral from their GP.

For information about the service and how to access it download the information pack: School-based Counselling Forms

Child Safety

Contact

Student Wellbeing Coordinator
Mr Paul Roberts
(03) 8768 1023
roberts.paul.t@edumail.vic.gov.au

College Chaplain
Mr Frank Jetmar
(03) 8768 1019
jetmar.frank.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

College Nurse
Mrs Tracey Anastasi
(03) 8768 1020
anastasi.tracey.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

Your friends and family members would rush to your aid if you were drowning or in an accident, so tell them now if your life is in danger from suicide.
If you need a bit of extra support, all current and past students and their families are welcome to contact the Wellbeing Team on 8768 1000
If you don’t feel that you can talk to friends or family, there are many services available in Australia to support you.
Headspace (03) 9769 6419 is the National Youth mental health foundation. They help young people going through a tough time.

http://www.headspace.org.au/

Hospitals
You can call the emergency department of any hospital in Australia. If you do not have the number, call directory enquiries and the operator will give you the number of your nearest emergency department. 

Southern Health Psychiatric Triage Service
1300 369 012

Casey Hospital
(03) 8768 1200
62-70 Kangan Drive Berwick

GPs, Counsellors, Psychiatrists or Psychologists
You can also call your local doctor, or you psychologist or psychiatrist if you have one. They often have an emergency number for out of hours emergencies.

Call 000 if you don’t have access to any other numbers or support

Where to get help 

  • Lifeline – 13 11 14 (cost of a local call; 24 hours)
  • Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800 (free call from a land line; 24 hours)
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467, free call support service for people at risk of suicide, their carers and those bereaved by suicide
  • Headspace 1800 367 968
  • Salvo Care Line (Salvation Army) – 1300 36 36 22
  • SANE Helpline – 1800 18 SANE (7263)
  • Parent Line – 13 22 89
  • Suicide Prevention Foundation (24/7) – 1800 HOLDON (1800 465 366)

Resources

Useful Websites

Below are a list of useful websites to offer students and parents some helpful and relevant information.

http://www.beyondblue.org.au/
www.centrelink.gov.au
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/information/centrelink-website?utm_id=7

www.windermerecfs.com.au
http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/index.php
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/contact/Pages/parentline.aspx?&Redirect=1
http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/
http://connections.org.au/

Parents holiday fact sheet:
Parents holiday fact sheet (click here)