Youth Health Team

 

The Youth Health Team is a multidisciplinary outreach service consisting of Clinical Nurse Consultants, Social Workers, a Staff Specialist Paediatrician and Administration Officer. The Youth Health Team provides services to young people affected by homlessness, or at risk of homelessness, stressful life situations, physical and emotional concerns, relationship issues including domestic violence, at risk behaviours, sexuality concerns, sexual health issues and chronic illness.


Service information and eligibility criteria

Youth Health Team (YHT) provide a free and confidential health service to young people aged 12-18 years. We aim to improve the health outcomes of young people with complex health and social needs.

The target group is young people who are marginalised, disadvantaged or at risk of poor health outcomes, with a particular focus on young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

To be eligible the young person must frequent/live/ work/ study within the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens areas.

We provide short term intervention that involves youth specific assessment and triage of presenting health issues. 

This includes:

General Health- Medical assessment and treatment with a Paediatrician, linking with other health providers, e.g. General practitioners, dentists, optometrists, follow up on discharge from hospital 

Sexual Health- Education, contraceptive support and advice, STI screening and pregnancy options

Substance Misuse- Screening, education and referral to Alcohol & Other Drug support and treatment services

Mental Health - We screen for emerging mental health concerns as part of our assessment and refer to mental health services as appropriate. We do not provide mental health counselling support or treatment. This is not a mental health service – referrals for primary mental health issues not accepted

Staff- Clinical Nurse Consultant, Social Worker, Staff Specialist Paediatrician and Clerical Support

Youth Health Team Referral Form.


Location and contact details
Address:      621 Hunter Street, Newcastle West 2302
Postal:         621 Hunter Street, Newcastle West 2302
Phone:         4925 7804
Fax:             4925 7955
Email:         HNELHD-YHT@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au
Hours:          Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm
Fees:          This is a free service
Wheelchair:  There is wheelchair access