Some young people do not have the support they need to assist them with accessing health care. This can mean that they miss out on the care they need or experience difficulties accessing or knowing what the right type of care is.
The Youth Health Team is a FREE and confidential health service that works with young people who are 12-18 years, with a particular focus on young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. To be eligible the young person must frequent, live in, work in or study in the regions of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie or Port Stephens.
The Youth Health Team will assist these young people by supporting them to engage effectively with health and other services.
How we work with young people
The Youth Health Team aims to improve the health outcomes of young people with complex health and social needs. We take a strengths based, harm minimisation approach that is respectful and supportive of the young person. We support and encourage young people to take responsibility for their health care. We support young people experiencing a diverse range of problems including:
- Stressful life situations
- Physical and emotional concerns
- Sexual health issues
- Relationship issues including domestic violence
- Behaviour’s that put them at risk of poor health outcomes
- Learning difficulties