Young people's health

Young people's health

Public Health Services works with State, Commonwealth and Local Government agencies and community groups to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Tasmania. Promoting positive health practice during adolescence, and taking steps to support young people to be healthy, is critical for the prevention of health problems in adulthood. The focus is particularly on those at risk of not making a successful transition to adulthood.

The Youth Health Officer does this in a range of ways including

  1. Facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-informed policy
  2. Disseminate, promote and contribute to knowledge about factors influencing young people’s health and wellbeing
  3. Provide input into projects across DHHS and Government that have a specific focus on young people
  4. To commission services that directly benefit the health of young Tasmanians
  5. An ongoing role of developing and maintaining Statewide partnerships and networks
  6. Contributing to State activities that address barriers leading to poor health for young people

Our key work areas

Statewide Youth Collaborative Group

Working together to improve young people’s access to health and wellbeing services in Tasmania.

SYC is a collaborative group involved in action-based strategic work, with the aims of becoming a ‘go-to’ in the sector in regard to youth health and wellbeing. SYC meet quarterly and have membership from both government and community sector representatives who come from both policy and operational areas. All three areas of the state are represented, with some members having state-wide responsibilities.

SYC has identified five focus areas which are collaborate, cross-sectoral, strategic, statewide and young people’s health and wellbeing.

SYC have developed a range of resources such as the Mental Health Referral Guide, Drug and Alcohol Referral Guide and information for agencies about engaging with young people which includes the ‘Top 10 Tips for Consultation’ series. Resources can be downloaded from the YNOT website.

Relationships and sexuality

Public Health Services drives the implementation of the Tasmanian Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategic Framework 2013-2016. For young people the focus of this work is relationships and sexuality education, teenage pregnancy and general youth sexual health.

Smoke Free Young People

Smoke Free Generation – be a part of it! is a collaboration of service providers who want to protect young Tasmanian’s from the harmful effects of tobacco use. Smoke Free Generation aims to prevent young people from taking up smoking and help those who have already started smoking to quit.

The Smoke Free Generation Website is hosted by the Drug Education Network on behalf of the Smoke Free Young People Working Group, and is coordinated by DHHS.

The primary audience for the website are:

  • smokers aged between the ages of 12 and 24 (to assist with smoking cessation)
  • non-smokers between the ages of 12 and 24 (to prevent uptake)
  • adults either as teachers, youth workers or parents (to enable them to support young people to be smoke free).

The website addresses our key messages:

  1. Most young people don’t smoke
  2. Young people can choose to be smoke-free
  3. There are immediate and short-term effects from smoking
  4. Nicotine is addictive
  5. Adults have a role to support young people to be smoke-free

Additional Resources

Healthy Young People

This is a free resource on positive body image, adequate sleep, healthy eating, water consumption, physical acuity and sedentary time.

HYP has free teaching resources that link to the Australian curriculum, and will help Tasmanian secondary schools make healthy choices easy, positive and normal for every student, every day.

Resources

Mental Health Referral Guide for Young People in Tasmania

Smoking: But it's the least of their problems a guide for youth workers and youth service managers in Tasmania

SYC Top Ten Tips – Consultation: A Guide for Young People

SYC Top Ten Tips – Consulting with Young People

Tasmanian Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategic Framework at a glance

Contact us

Call the youth health officer on (03) 6166 0630 or email yph@dhhs.tas.gov.au

April 2015