Students learn better when they are safe, have good learning relationships with teachers and have good friendships. At Heathmont College we value respect for all students, staff and families; we expect all involved with the school to be inclusive, supportive and considerate of others in accordance with our school values.

Heathmont College has a range of programs and resources to ensure all students’ welfare needs are met. The school has developed a “Ready for Learning” policy which ensures consistency, calmness and a clear focus in all of our classrooms. We have access to a wide range of community agencies to support individual students and their families should they have extra needs.

A range of specialist staff are employed at the school to provide professional guidance and support to students. These include the following:

Student Wellbeing Coordinator – Rita Chiodo
Psychologist – Stephen Gray
Social worker – Fiona Adams
Secondary School Nurse – Tamara McGrath
College Chaplain – Alan Silverwood
Koorie Engagement Support Office – Alice Young
Students With Additional Needs/Integration Coordinator – Eric Yeap
Please contact the appropriate Year Level Coordinator to be referred to one of the team.

College Chaplain

Heathmont College is fortunate to have Alan Silverwood as it’s College Chaplain. A long time member of the Heathmont College Community, Alan is committed to supporting students and families.
We all need help from others at different times in our lives. There are many support services, both locally and beyond.

Alan Silverwood – Chaplain, Pastoral care for our community.
[The Chaplaincy program is funded through the Federal Government & Community support. This is a voluntary program in our school community.]

Feel free to contact him at silverwood.alan.a@edumail.vic.gov.au if you have something you would like to discuss.

Useful Websites
•Accommodation – Homeless support service, 24 hours 1800 825 955
•Advocacy – www.ombudsman.vic.gov.au Victorian Ombudsman
•Bereavement – www.grief.org.au Bereavement counselling
•Books Resources – www.inyahead.com.au Books and resources for health and wellbeing
•CALD – www.miceastmelb.com.au Family support for migrants and refugees
•Cyber Safety – www.cybersmart.gov.au Tips and support to keep young people safe online
•Disability – www.disability.vic.gov.au Community support for people with a disability
•Drugs & Alcohol – 24 hours 1800 888 236
•General Health – www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au Parenting, sexual health relationship
•Legal Support – www.communitylaw.org.au Community law
•Mental Health – www.headspace.org.au National youth and mental health resources
•www.youthbeyondblue.com Youth friendly mental health support

Parenting Support
•www.andrewfuller.com.au & www.michaelcarr-gregg.com.au Support for students and families
•www.parentline.vic.gov.au Support for parents

Phone / Online Counselling Support Services
•www.kidshelp.com.au 24 hour phone counselling for children 1800 551 800
•www.lifeline.org.au 24 hour support 13 11 14
•Physical & Sexual Health – EACH Youth Clinic 9871 1800 & Headspace Knox 9801 6088
•Relationships – www.youthmentoringvic.org.au Mentoring support
•Trauma / Abuse – www.childhood.org.au Specialised abuse and trauma counselling
•www.dhs.vic.gov.au Department of human services
•www.police.vic.gov.au Sexual offences and child abuse unit