Creating a future without youth homelessness
Youth Health

The Yfoundations is funded by NSW Health to provide youth health sector support, through the Youth Health Council and by working with youth health practitioners across NSW. We work closely with government and local health districts to improve access to and outcomes from health interventions with young people. Youth Health and Wellbeing information and resources can be found on the NSW Kids and Families website.

Providing support and positive youth development opportunities is particularly important for groups of young people who are experiencing homelessness or at increased risk of poor health outcomes. It is important that young people are informed and are involved in making positive choices about their own health and wellbeing and shaping their own future 

Health services for young people

This page provides information about a range of service types for young people in NSW.

Youth health services

Youth health services are specialist services providing multi-disciplinary, primary health care to young people. Focusing on engaging disadvantaged young people, they deliver flexible and unique services to young people in relaxed and comfortable youth-friendly environments. Youth health services work in partnership with other government and non-government services.  Following are Youth health services funded by NSW Health. 

Central Coast Youth Health Service, Wyong
CHAIN- Southern Youth & Family Services, Wollongong
Fairfield Liverpool Youth Health Team (FLYHT)
High Street Youth Health Service, Harris Park
Kaleidoscope, Newcastle
The Corner Youth Health Service, Bankstown
Traxside, Campbelltown
Western Area Adolescent Team (WAAT), Mt Druitt
Youthblock Health & Resource Service, Camperdown

Other Youth Health Services to contact:

Sydney, NSW

Murralappi The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre

17 Edward St, Chippendale

Phone: (02) 9698 3087

Kirketon Road Centre

100 Victoria St, Darlinghurst

Phone: (02) 9360 2766

Sydney Sexual Health Centre

Level 3, Nightingale Wing, Sydney Hospital

Phone: (02) 9382 7440 Toll Free: 1800 451 624

Canterbury Multicultural Youth Health Service

3, 38-40 Redman Pde, Canterbury

Phone: (02) 9718 1485

The Warehouse

13 Reserve St, Penrith

Phone: (02) 4721 8330

The Junction Youth Health Medical Service

Corner Henry and Station St, Penrith

Phone: (02) 4731 8017

Regional NSW

Crossroads Youth Health Service, Shoalhaven

49 Worrigee St, Nowra

Phone: (02) 4423 1784 

Kickstart Youth Health Service (North Coast Area Health Service)

Shop 5 Village Arcade, Horton St, Port Macquarie

Phone: (02) 6584 0430

Coffs Harbour Outreach Youth Health Service

345 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour

Phone: (02) 6656 7900

Hospital-based care for young people

Hospital-based specialist units provide expert multidisciplinary assessment and care to young people, their parents, carers and families. Other hospitals provide specialised services for young people, such as antenatal clinics.

Community health centres

Young people can also access services through community health centres, which provide primary health care services to the entire community.

Services for young people with mental health problems

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services provide specialist community-based services for young people aged 17 and under, their parents, carers, and families. Youth Mental Health Services for 14-24 year olds are located in youth-friendly settings where mental health services are integrated and sometimes co-located with primary health, drug & alcohol and other services for young people.

Sexual health services

Sexual health services across NSW provide marginalised young people with free and confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmissible infections. General Practice is the key provider of sexual health services for the majority of young people. The playsafe website provides information and referral to these services for young people.

Aboriginal medical services

Aboriginal community controlled health services, also known as Aboriginal medical services, provide culturally appropriate primary health care and health services to young people within the communities they serve in keeping with the Aboriginal holistic definition of health.

Statewide and specialist services

NSW Health provides statewide specialist services. These include –

Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services
Transcultural Mental Health Centre 
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness
Child protection counselling services 
Eating disorder services, adolescent weight management, complex chronic illness clinics
Justice Health
Keep Them Safe funded services
New Street Adolescent Service
NSW Adolescent Vaccination Program
Sexual assault services

General practice

General practitioners provide diagnosis, treatment, support and referral for adolescent health problems. For young people who want to talk about their health or get help with a problem, general practitioners are often the first point of contact with the health system.

Health clinics in youth services

Many youth services have clinics to improve access to healthcare for disadvantaged young people. Clinics that may operate in youth services include bulk billed GP clinics, sexual health clinics or counselling services developed in partnership between health services and the youth service (see the Satellite Sexual Health Youth Clinic).

Headspace

Headspace is a federally-funded program that allows young people to seek help early via youth friendly, integrated, multidisciplinary service centres. headspace can help young people aged 12-25 with general health, mental health and counselling, education, employment and other services, alcohol and other drug services.

Youth Health Coordinators

Youth Health Coordinators work towards improving young people’s access to health services. They provide a point of coordination for youth health activities and services in NSW Health, and undertake planning, networking, mapping and professional development activities.

Youth consultants

Some local NSW Health services have focused on improving the youth friendliness of mainstream services. Youth consultants may be paid to rate services for their youth friendliness and provide feedback about how the service improved their ability to reach, attract, engage and retain young people in need or at risk (see Northern Sydney Youth Health Promotion as an example).

Networks and advisory groups

There are a range of professional networks and peak bodies for youth health. This page includes information about these as well as how to join the Youth Health HSNet elist.

NSW Kids and Families, Youth Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group

The Advisory Group is a forum for information exchange and will provide strategic and independent advice to NSW Kids and Families on the development, prioritisation and implementation of evidence-based youth health policies and programs. Members are appointed by the Chief Executive of NSW Kids and Families from government agencies, the non-government sector, academia, business sector, and community and carer organisations with relevant expertise in youth health across a range of specialist areas.

NSW Youth Health Coordination Group

The NSW Youth Health Coordination Group includes representation from Local Health Districts (LHDs) across NSW, Specialty Networks and NSW Kids and Families. Meetings are held bimonthly, primarily via teleconference. The NSW Youth Health Coordination Group works collaboratively to support access and delivery of NSW Health funded services to young people in a manner that is consistent, comparable, effective, and efficient across NSW.

NSW Youth Health Council

The NSW Youth Health Council is a professional forum committed to improving the health and well-being of young people across NSW. The NSW Youth Health Council is open to all youth health-related organisations in NSW. Its mission is to advocate on behalf of young people, to support workers, and to provide opportunities for networking, training, partnerships, consultation and planning within the youth health sector. The Council meets face-to-face bimonthly. Teleconferencing is also available. Secretariat support is provided by Yfoundations.

Youth Health HSNet elist

The Youth Health HSNet elist group promotes information sharing in relation to Youth Health in NSW. It is also the e-list for the NSW Youth Health Council. 

Youth worker networks in NSW

Youth Action has a list of Local Youth Networks in NSW by Local Government Area. 

Useful links to peak bodies and key associations

Australian Association for Adolescent Health
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Australian Health Promotion Association
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
Australian Youth Affairs Coalition
Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS)
Create Foundation (for children & young people in out-of-home care)
GP NSW
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network
NSW Commission for Children & Young People
Yfoundations
Youth Action

Useful links to international associations

Association for Young People’s Health (UK)
International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools
International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH)
International Association of Youth Mental Health
New Zealand Association for Adolescent Health and Development
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
The Collaborative, New Zealand
Unicef
World Health Organisation – Adolescent Health