Youth Enhanced Services

Youth Enhanced Services

We are contracted by the Australian Government to support the commissioning and implementation of primary care mental health services for young people with severe and complex needs. In this role, we work closely with Primary Health Networks and their commissioned service providers to facilitate the design, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based, youth-friendly models of care.

Case studies

There is no single model for Youth Enhanced Services, and commissioned services vary considerably to meet their local needs. The following videos and infographics describe a number of different service models to demonstrate the wide range of approaches that have been taken.

 

Youth Engagement Team, Cornerstone Youth Services

The Youth Engagement Team at Cornerstone Youth Services supports young people aged 12-25 years across the north and northwest regions of Tasmania who are experiencing, or are at risk of, severe and complex mental health issues and who are disengaged from services such as healthcare, education and employment. The program operates out of Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

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Youth Enhanced Support Service (YESS), PARRAMATTA MISSION

The Youth Enhanced Support Service (YESS) Northern Sydney is the first of Parramatta Mission’s three YESS teams across Sydney. The service delivers holistic care to young people with complex mental health issues, and to their families. Through a psychiatry-led interdisciplinary team approach, YESS provides enhanced support to young people who require more than what GPs, private clinicians, headspace, school and university counsellors can provide.

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Enhanced Care Program, headspace Darwin

The Enhanced Care Program, based at headspace Darwin, provides support to young people with emerging complex mental health difficulties. Often, these young people may have trouble engaging with support services due to multiple issues impacting on their lives, which serve as barriers to obtaining mental health treatment. The Enhanced Care Program aims to address these obstacles by providing support with a flexible, assertive outreach, therapeutic case-management approach.

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Thrive, headspace Port Adelaide

Thrive is a mental health program for young people aged 16-25 years who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, moderate-to-severe and/or complex mental illness and who may face barriers to accessing mainstream mental health services. Thrive is an office-based program located in the heart of Port Adelaide and covers the western region of metropolitan Adelaide.

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Amber Youth Wellness, MercyCare

Amber Youth Wellness is a free youth mental health outreach service located in Perth’s North. Amber Youth Wellness supports young people aged 12 to 25 years with complex mental health needs that are having a significant impact on their everyday functioning, and who are experiencing significant barriers to accessing supports. The service acknowledges that accessing support can be difficult for some young people so aims to make the process friendly and easy for them.

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Youth Enhanced Resources

We've developed a number of resources to support the delivery Youth Enhanced Services.

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YES hub

The YES hub offers PHNs and commissioned service providers fast and easy access to:

  • a wide range of youth enhanced resources, including videos and training materials;
  • discussion forums to share and learn from one another; and
  • ongoing access to 23 free online training modules.

Contact nationalprograms@orygen.org.au to register for access to the YES hub.

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