Castlemaine Youth Clinic – A Collaboration
Engaging young people in health services often requires special attention to the factors that make services ‘Youth-friendly”. Castlemaine District Community Health has collaborated with St Luke's, Bendigo Health, Castlemaine Secondary College and CADARG to provide a clinic that is just that.
Engaging young people in health services often requires special attention to the factors that make services ‘Youth-friendly”. Evidence suggests services can be more attractive and accessible for young people when they offer specific times or services just for young people. In this context, The Castlemaine Youth Clinic opened its doors to young people, aged 12-25, seeking advice and support for a range of health and wellbeing issues in September this year.
The Clinic is a collaboration between Castlemaine District Community Health, St Luke's, Bendigo Health, Castlemaine Secondary College and CADARG. Workers from these organisations work together to provide support for young people around issues such as bullying, depression, anxiety, family conflict, trauma, alcohol and other drug use and physical health concerns.
Young people are provided with a safe, free and confidential environment to discuss their concerns and be provided with appropriate referrals as required. Young people can drop in or make an appointment.
This is a great example of service coming together and pooling resources to address a local gap or a need.
The Clinic is located at 13 Mostyn Street, and will be open each Monday from 1.30 to 4.30, including over the Christmas and New Year period.
Call (03) 5479 1000 for more info or visit website for further details.