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Childhood and adolescence can be a difficult and challenging time for some students & One of the many ways school support staff help students deal with these challenges is by linking them to specialist staff on school-grounds.

The primary focus of Somerville Secondary College is the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of every student. Adolescence is frequently the most challenging period of life and the school works hard to ensure that students have every possible support in the transition from child to young adult.

The college has a multidisciplinary team of wellbeing staff who are able to provide a diverse range of services and support to students and their families which cater for individual needs.  

The Wellbeing team consists of a

  • Youth Worker
  • Adolescent Health Nurse
  • Chaplain
  • Student Welfare Coordinator  
  • Student Support Services Psychologist
  • Hands on Learning Artisan Teachers
Referrals to the Wellbeing team can be made by staff and parents/guardians. Parents/Guardians can contact the Wellbeing team on 5973 1060 to discuss any Wellbeing concerns they have for their child.  Students are also encouraged to self-refer and make appointments directly with the Wellbeing team by visiting the Wellbeing office during recess or lunch time to make an appointment.

The services are tailored to individual needs and include

  • One on one support
  • Counselling
  • Health and Wellbeing education
  • Group based programs including Hands On Learning
  • Psychological & educational assessment
  • Referrals to external agencies/services
  • Specialist programs

ONPSYCH services and HEADSPACE   are now available at Somerville Secondary College.

Both offer services to students and their families at no cost under a Mental Health Care Plan. This entitles the student/family member to a maximum of 10 sessions per year.

To ensure the student is seen as quickly as possible we encourage you to follow these easy steps to obtain a GP referral: 

        Book a double appointment with your GP

        Obtain a referral under the Better Access Initiative (Medicare Items 2715/2700)

        Take the referral to your child’s school and ask the Student Welfare Coordinator

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03 5973 1000