Health Stuff

Northern District Community Health

Northern District Community Health Website or phone 03 5451 0200

First port of call in the pursuit of good health.

Northern District Community Health provides many youth and other health services including;

  • Youth Support – counselling and support programs for young people in individual or group sessions.
  • Youth Outreach Alcohol & Drug Program – support to young people and their families affected by drugs. Deliver health information sessions in response to school(s) and community needs.
  • Health Promotion: Deliver health programs to young people around mental health, bullying and inclusion,
  • Well Women’s Health Clinic: Nurses provide education, support and services to do with all young women’s health issues such as contraceptive advice, young women’s health, breast health and pap smears.
  • Specialist Homelessness Service: for individuals experiencing accommodation issues or who are homeless.
  • Mental health Carer Support: short term assistance and support to carers of people with mental illness, includes; emotional support, information and resources, respite options, advocacy and referral.
  • School Focussed Youth Program –links schools, health and wellbeing services, young people and their families in our community.
  • Indigenous Children’s Program – Kethawil Pembenguuk provides information, support to Indigenous families and includes the culturally strong playgroup for young families. Indigenous staff are available for information or resources to support Aboriginal Families and individuals.
  • Dietician – provides dietary/nutritional information and support on health issues, including eating disorders.
  • FReeZA: NDCH deliver FReeZA in the Gannawarra Shire as a youth program. Enjoy cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free in safe venues. If you are looking to get involved in organising events, are a musician or artist looking for performance opportunities FReeZA is the place to start. Contact Justine at NDCH or visit here.

Local Services

If it’s an emergency please call 000

Kerang District Health (Hospital)

Kerang District Health Website  or phone 03 5450 9200

All emergency health responses and now include pathology, radiology and specialist consulting services.

Cohuna District Hospital

Cohuna District Hospital Website or phone 03 5456 5300

GP services; including obstetrics, acute care, maternity, surgical, haemodialysis, planned activity groups and X-ray.

Swan Hill District Health (Hospital)

Swan Hill District Health Website or phone 03 5033 9300

All emergency health responses and health related programs and services such as; dietetics, youth services, women’s health and counselling services.

Mallee Family Care: Support for young people and their families.

Mallee Family Care Website  or phone 03 5032 4479.

Connecting young people with other people and services which will help them move on from the experience of homelessness.

Mallee Family Care Youth programs

headspace Swan Hill

Headspace Swan Hill or phone 03 4010 7100

Offers general health need and other health support, specifically GP, education & employment, mental health and alcohol and other drugs services.

Young people services include; a healthy headspace, mental health, physical health, work and study, alcohol and drugs, real stories (real young people just like you) and VICEhub.

Headspace – Youth

Also offer online support through eheadspace, confidential support7 days a week, 9:00am-1:00am – or call 1800 650 890


Lifeline Central Victoria & Mallee 

Life Line Central Victoria & Mallee or phone 13 11 14

Supports Australians through times of personal crisis – crises that can include suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, gambling addiction, depression, stress and loneliness.

Mallee Sports Assembly (MSA)

MSA support and conduct programs that increases participation in physical activity, promote healthy eating and drinking of water (instead of sweet, sugary based drinks), conduct workshops to support and assist sporting clubs.
Rhonda Allan
Ph 0427 780109


Youth Beyond Blue – Youth Beyond Blue or phone 1300 22 4636 (24/7)

The Brain Quiz – measures your mental health from the past 4 weeks. Recommends actions for your mental health

The Brave program –an interactive, online program to help you manage your anxiety.

The Check-in App – worried about a friend? Unsure of what to say? 4 step process, where to check-in, how to talk to and support your friend and what your next step will be. Supportive links included in App. Download free app from App store or Google Play

This (Check-in) app is so incredibly unique and really takes the ‘fear’ aspect out of having a conversation with a friend about how they are going…I’d recommend it to everyone I know.” – blueVoices member, age 18 – taken from Youth Beyondblue website

Beyond BlueVisit website

Beyond Blue provides information and support around mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Call or chat online with a trained mental health professional. We’ll be there to listen, offer support and point you in the right direction.

LifelineCall: 13 11 14
For urgent assistance call Lifeline which is a 24-hour telephone counselling service.

Kids Help Line

Kids Helpline or phone 1800 55 1800 (free call from land line).

A free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people between five and 25. Chatting with us can help you feel better. You can chat with us about anything.  You are not alone. Talk to us Any time for Any reason.

For some young people, connecting with Kids Helpline has been a life-saving experience, while for others it’s about practical help and emotional support at the critical moment they need someone to listen. Connect with us here:


eHeadspace or phone 1800 650 890

Mind Your Head – Visit website Mind Your Head is a national network of qualified Counsellors. Counsellors are trained mental health professionals whom have undergone accredited training, are members of a professional association, and abide by an ethical Code of Practice.

Use Mind Your Head to quickly and easily identify a counsellor within your area that can assist you with any issues you have. You will also find information explaining certain feelings you may be experiencing.

Smiling Mind – Visit website
Exists to help build individual mental health and wellbeing through positive, pre-emptive tools based on mindfulness meditation. Perfect for increased well-being, school students, or in the workplace. Mindfulness in everyday activities and life.  Download the Smiling Minds app today.

Benefits of Smiling Minds:

  • Reduce worries, anxiety and distress
  • Enjoy more energy
  • Create a sense of calm
  • Learn how to relax and regulate emotions
  • Enhance awareness and creativity
  • Improve concentration and increase productivity
  • Develop a sense of empathy and connectedness
  • Enjoy better health and sleep

Here’s what students who use the Smiling Minds App have said;
“I used to feel anxious at school but since we’ve been listening to Smiling Mind in class I feel calm and the butterflies in my tummy have stopped.” Student – as taken from the Smiling Minds website

“Listening to Smiling Mind has helped me control my anger and my head doesn’t hurt anymore.” Student – as taken from the Smiling Minds website

Sexual Health

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

Offers services such as, but not limited to counselling, HIV clinic, results and information line, lab testing, pharmacy, STI screening.

Links to other online services at MSHC are;


TEASTme Website (suggested service)

Free service which tests for Chlamydia and is available for all rural Victorians aged 25 and under including men who have sex with men and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. Also offers telephone consultations with a nurse for STI testing and contraceptive advice.  TESTme kits are posted to you; include clear instructions and your testing contents. Three different testing options including female, male, and males who have sex with males kits. Easy, simple, FREE and confidential. Have more questions?? See FAQ’s  here

Check Your Risk – Visit website

Designed to help you determine your risk of STI’s and course of action for you and your doctor (if in consultation).

Let Them KnowVisit website

Can anonymously tell your partner(s) that they should be checked via email/SMS.

Health MapVisit website

Take charge of your health if you have HIV. Assists with long-term life planning, directs to other websites based on expert advice.

Family Planning Victoria – Family Planning Victoria website

Supporting people to make decisions about their reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing.

Major themes include sexual diversity, talking about sex, people with disability, pregnancy fact sheets, Sex and the Law, Abortion, Contraception, STI’s and BBV facts and FPV Clinics.

Mental Health

HeadspaceHeadspace website

Provides support to young people aged 12 to 25 who are going through a tough time, including anxiety, depression, bullying and body image.

Reachout –

Major themes:

  • Tough times – working out the hard stuff,
  • Wellbeing – improving your everyday life,
  • The Toolbox – best apps for brain and body,
  • Get Involved – pitch in to help others, &
  • Forums – join the conversation.

Learn more about Bullying, Sexuality, Friends and family, School, Uni and study, Mental health issues, Sex and Relationships. With plenty of personal and real accounts from people Aus wide about issues affecting everyone.

What Works 4 UVisit website

Share treatments that worked and learn what treatments other young people found helpful.

The Toolbox is an online tool which can connect you with services or apps to help you improve your health and wellbeing. A quick quiz identifies your personal concerns and suggests apps which may benefit those key areas. Complete the quiz today & find your apps – The toolbox quiz

connectEDSpaceVisit website

Tip sheets, news and useful links to help you manage problems and issues such as bullying, relationships, stress and mental health, and conflict with parents. Real stories and suggested resources linked.

Bite BackVisit website

Share real and personal stories with others, check out videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people, check and track your mental fitness, and get your teeth stuck in to a bunch of activities.

Supporting family members with a mental health condition

Young Carers – or call their help line on 1800 242 636.

Gives you tips on how to look after yourself and the person you are caring for.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)Visit website

Having a parent or friend affected by a mental illness can be tough. But COPMI have a lot of information, factsheets, podcasts and videos to help you get your head around it all. There’s also great information for parents too. Submit questions and get a referral for more support.

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre – call them directly on 1800 052 222

Information to organise services such as home respite care, support workers and residential respite care.

Drugs & Alcohol

DrugInfo – Visit website

Australia’s leading organisation committed to preventing alcohol and other drug harms in our communities. Provides easy access to information about prevention of alcohol and other drug harms, through publications, a resource centre and seminars.

Understand your risks as a young person at;




National Drugs Campaign – Visit website

Information for young people about different illicit drugs, how to make your own choices, avoid situations where you may become exposed to drugs, how drug use can impact your life and how to support your friends. Resources to other websites, counselling services and support networks.

National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre – Visit website

Provides information to the community, users and their families including treatment options and real stories from young people.



Gay and Lesbian Health Vic (GLVH) –

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health and wellbeing policy and resource unit. GLHV is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians and the quality of care they receive.

Minus18 –

Australia’s Largest Youth Led Organisation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Youth. This is where we belong. Youth Support, Social Events, Campaigns, Youth Mentoring, Online Support, MinusTV and great events such as The Queer Formal and dance events. Resources also available to help you.

Reach OutVisit website

Helps under 25’s with everyday questions to making through tough times. Need help with sex, sexuality gender or Trans questions? And connect with services in Vic, NSW or National Services.

ACON Visit website

Here for health. New South Wales based health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health. Offering HIV prevention and support, sexual and mental health, alcohol and drugs support, aging, other health issues, training and counselling, policy and research and the meeting centre to people with HIV, all LGBTIQ people and people who use drugs. Get involved in events, workshops and forums or volunteer

The Toolbox is an online tool which can connect you with services or apps to help you improve your health and wellbeing. A quick quiz identifies your personal concerns and suggests apps which may benefit those key areas. Complete the quiz & find your apps today – The toolbox Quiz

Read Jake’s story; a young Australian who grew up and came out in a rural country town- to equally surprising and ordinary results. -> HERE

“Being gay in a small country town is just as normal as it was before I came out.” – Jake, as taken from

LGBTIQ counselling and referral services

Gay and Lesbian Switchboard – Visit website

Anonymous, free telephone counselling, information and referrals for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex communities of Victoria and Tasmania.

QLIFE – Visit website, call 1800 184 527 or online chat 3pm – midnight, everyday Aus wide.  Australia’s first nationally-orientated counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, Trans, and/or intersex.

Eating Disorders & Body Image

The Butterfly Foundation – Visit website or phone 1800 33 4673.

Supporting people with eating disorders and negative body image, including friends and family. Has a range of resources including a support line or connection to appropriate services.

Eating Disorders Victoria – Visit website or Helpline on 1300 550 236.

Support, information, community education and advocacy for people with eating disorders and their families in Victoria.


Better Health –

Plan and coordinate your healthcare.

Looking for health or medical advice?

We recommend that you:

  • talk to your doctor
  • dial triple zero (000) in an emergency
  • ring NURSE-ON-CALL Tel. 1300 60 60 24 for expert health advice from a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria – calls from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate).

Youth Central –

Youth Central from every angle. There’s a lot of stuff on Youth Central: articles, reviews, news, advice, tips, games, competitions, podcasts, videos… you name it, we’ve got it.

What’s trending now? – sample CV’s, youth employment schemes and who can be my referee?

Find studying and training tips, health and relationships advice, jobs and careers info, housing and accommodation options, travel and transport, managing money, there’s also a Know your rights, web and social safety, government info and assistance & news section.

FReeZA –

Foundation of Young Australians –

FYA love young change makers – the innovators, the makers, the dreamers, the thinkers, the doers and the creators. FYA will; Inspire you, back you, connect you. Create – FYA create opportunities for young people to learn the skills needed to succeed in a changing world. Back – We back young people who are making a difference in communities, business and public life. TransformWe transform the way the government, business and community sectors engage young people, to rethink the systems that shape the world. Search $20 boss, Worlds of Work, Innovation Nation.

Finished year 12/school – read this –

Online Interactive Program & Apps

MoodGYM – Visit website

Free, fun, interactive program consisting of five modules, which help you to explore:

  • Why you feel the way you do
  • Changing the way you think
  • Knowing what makes you upset
  • Assertiveness and
  • Interpersonal skills training

Teaches coping skills, modification techniques and managing stresses.

BRAVE – Visit website

Fun, free interactive online program to help you manage and cope with worry and anxiety. Includes up to 10 sessions that you can work through at your own pace.

ReachOut NextStep – Visit website

This online app can help young people who are going through a tough time to access the most appropriate support services for them, based on their own unique symptoms and experiences.