Youth mental health: service models to improve access and outcomes for young people (March 2018)

Young people or ‘emerging adults’ have the highest incidence and prevalence of mental health issues of any age-band across the lifespan and yet have the worst access to mental health services. This webinar will explore the special challenges faced by emerging adults in modern society, and how best to meet their need for mental health care. Local and international examples of service models designed to reduce barriers and facilitate access for young people will be presented.

The information in this webinar is current as at March, 2018.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians, researchers and managers who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services, as well as community leaders, politicians and administrators charged with designing, developing and establishing mental health services for young people.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • The features of young people and the service system thought to contribute to poor access to mental health services by young people.
  • How various service models have addressed these challenges.
  • Important principles of mental health services for young people.


Heather Stavely

Heather Stavely is the Associate Director, Service Development in National Programs at  Orygen. Heather has extensive clinical and service development experience. She has had strong involvement in the implementation of the headspace early psychosis programs across Australia. Heather has been responsible for the program management of several large national projects, with a focus on upskilling the youth mental health workforce and service development activities. Heather has presented at both national and international conferences and has been involved in knowledge translation webinars and workshops, and has authored and contributed to numerous clinical resources.

Dr Shona Francey

Shona Francey is a clinical psychologist currently working as a Clinical Educator at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.  Shona has more than 30 years’ experience in public mental health and began working in the field of early intervention for psychosis when the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) was first established in 1992. Within EPPIC and the wider Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program she has held roles as case manager, group program leader, service lead psychologist and clinical stream leader of both EPPIC and the PACE Clinic for young people at ultra-high risk of developing psychosis.

Jona Eselaye David

Jona Eselaye David is a former Summer Intern at Orygen the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Jona is a recent Biotechnology and Business graduate, currently completing her Honours in Applied Science, with a focus on Plant Biotechnology. For her Honours, she will travel to agrifarms in Vietnam to investigate natural compounds in coffee waste and upcycle them through anti-aging and brain health medicines. Jona is also currently a member of a research group investigating the wound healing and regenerative effects of Australian algal species.

Jona has previously been involved in bioengineering research projects in France and completed her undergraduate research placement in protein purification technology at CSIRO. While Jona’s only background in Youth Mental in Year 10 Psychology, Jona is passionate about giving young people a voice. She aims to contribute to improving the wellbeing of young people  and effectiveness of services through the Youth Educator Program.