Brophy provides specialist multidisciplinary health and wellbeing services to young people. Focusing on engagement, they deliver flexible and unique services to young people in relaxed and comfortable youth-friendly environments.
Community Connections is a key service offer of the BETTER FUTURES model that aims to build supportive networks, pathways, and opportunities for young people within their communities.
Community Connections supports young care leavers to create informal connections and opportunities outside the service system that includes mentors, peers, community groups, sporting clubs, rotary local business and community elders.
It also connects young people with community mentors who can help them explore personal & professional aspirations as well as connect them with social and recreational activities.
Community Connections remove barriers to participation and provide new experiences that contribute to improving a young person’s self esteem, resilience, agency, health & wellbeing, and connection to their community.
STOKED Surf Therapy Program
STOKED is a surf therapy program for young people aged between 15 – 25 years which aims to teach surfing as a coping strategy for mental health, connect young people to community, deliver education on mental health & wellbeing and provide exposure to the healing powers of the ocean.
Youth Specialist AoD Programs
We work together with individuals and families to ensure they are safe and supported while building independence from Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Our Youth Specialist alcohol and/or drug (AOD) programs support young people (12-25 years) who require early intervention and/or alcohol and drug treatment to stabilise, reduce or cease harmful alcohol and drug use. Support is also offered to the young person’s parent/carer.
Our AoD programs deliver treatment using an engagement model of outreach, assessment, targeted interventions such as counselling, linkage to support services, including education and training and meaningful life activities.
An Early Intervention Drug and Alcohol service for young people aged between 12 to 25 in South West Victoria. DARE provides a range of evidence based interventions to support young people to build a solid social and emotional foundation.
DARE recognises that everyone is different so we support young people at different stages. This includes;
- Young people who want to change their substance use
- Young people who are OK about their substance use
- Young people who are not currently using but are at risk
How We Work
The program takes a trauma informed approach and uses evidence based interventions to best engage young people. DARE is a voluntary service and young people must agree to being referred before contact will be made.
To be eligible for DARE you must be:
- Aged between 12 to 25 years
- Live within South West Region
- Be impacted by substance use
- Be willing to engage with the service
Aims of DARE
- To reduce the harm caused by substance use
- Improve ability to form meaningful relationships
- To support build coping strategies and alternatives to substance use
- To ensure current drug and alcohol use by young people does not escalate
- To provide access to appropriate services where required
The Healthy Relationships program is designed to engage young people in an open dialogue about the issues relating to healthy and unhealthy relationships, including sexual assault and its prevention.
Some areas we explore include:
- Value systems
- Unpacking social constructs and gender stereotypes
- Bystander and upstander action
- Healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Sexual consent and decision making
- Gender equality, and
- The prevention of violence
More recently, the program has developed the Signal Respect project; a community arts-based project. Signal Respect aims to enable young people the opportunity to express their interpretations of what constitutes healthy relationships within their lives through art and design. It allows young people to create a legacy of cultural change within their community all whilst building their capacity and understanding of the topics above. Designs are installed on local traffic signal boxes within the Warrnambool community.
Funded by: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Youth GP Clinic
Our headspace 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.
All our services are bulk-billed so there is no cost to you. All you need to do is bring your Medicare card with you. You’re welcome to bring a friend or family member with you, and you don’t have to make an appointment. Our centre has full disability access (DDA compliant).