connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is the lead agency for the headspace centre in Bairnsdale, Victoria.

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12 to 25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug service. headspace has over 100 centres currently operating across Australia and operates an online and telephone service, eheadspace. More than 446,000 young Australians have come to headspace for support, guidance or help over the past 10 years.

The headspace Bairnsdale Centre provides free or low cost confidential mental, general and sexual health services as well as education and employment, and alcohol and other drug support services. The comprehensive suite of services includes therapeutic counselling and groups, drug and alcohol counselling, psychiatric consultations, vocational guidance, help with job seeking as well as health and wellbeing services for all young people, including young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) young people.

The operation of headspace Bairnsdale is possible through the collaboration and contribution of a range of local service providers, led by RAV, forming the headspace Bairnsdale Consortium.

headspace Bairnsdale Consortium members

  • Relationships Australia Victoria
  • Advanced Personnel Management (APM)
  • Australian Community Support Organisation (ASCO) Traralgon
  • Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (GCASA)
  • Gippsland Lakes Complete Health
  • Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH)
  • MIND Australia
  • Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland
  • Quantum Support Services
  • within Australia
  • Youth InSearch
  • Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS).

Centre location

171 Main Street
Bairnsdale Victoria 3875 

Phone number

(03) 5141 6200

Opening hours

Please note that some opening hours have changed as a result of COVID-19.

The centre is currently from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information on the headspace Bairnsdale centre and its services, click here or email us.

headspace acknowledges the financial and other support from Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Department of Health.

 10am to 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 12pm to 8pm on Tuesdays.