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Adolescent Gynaecology- lower abdominal pain
Adolescent gynaecology- menorrhagia
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Management of Eating Disorders in the Emergency Department
Mental State Exam
What is adolescence?
Adolescent health care considerations
An adolescent consultation should include time with the adolescent and gaurdian/s together, as well as dedicated time with the adolescent alone.
Confidentiality and consent
The HEEADSSS interview is a useful screening tool, that can also aide engagement. It is best completed with the adolescent alone.
** HEEADSSS screen may be adapted for local use.
General considerations for physical examination of an adolescent patient:
For emergency advice
and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, see Retrieval Services.
Kids Health Info
Headspace: Centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people seeking help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and drugs issues, or work and study support.
Youth beyond blue: Beyond blue’s youth program - provides online forums, the ‘check-in’ app, information and resources about mental illness in those aged 12 – 25 years.
Reachout: online resource that provides innovative e-mental health services directly to adolescents and young people.
Head to Health: Australian Department of Health site for access to digital mental health resources.
Kids Help Line 1800
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond blue 1300
Suicide Call Back Service 1300
Suicide HelpLine (VIC) 1300 651 251
Health Line (NSW) 1800
HEALTH (QLD) 13
43 25 84
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): Victorian government mental health services are region-based
Eating Disorders Victoria: Support, information, community education and advocacy for people with eating disorders and their families in Victoria.
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre: Free, confidential, anonymous, sexual health service, fact sheets and national STI management guidelines
health.vic Sexual Health Services: resources and clinics across Victoria that provide sexual health services for LGBTI people.
Action (Youth) Centre - (Family Planning Victoria): Free service and information for those under 18 years about sexual health issues, safe sex and support groups for those with gender identity issues.
YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service): Outreach teams across Melbourne and regional Victoria for young people experiencing significant problems with alcohol and/or drug use.
YoDAA: Victoria’s Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice service - provides information and support for youth AOD needs or anyone concerned about a young person.
Young People's Health Service (FRONT YARD) : Free service, that focuses on the needs of the homeless or disadvantaged
Infoxchange Service Seeker: Search for local community support services e.g. local doctor, dentist, counselling services, drug and alcohol services.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: services delivered across NSW Health with referrals made via the NSW Mental Health Line (1800 011 511) for 24-hour advice, assessment referral information.
Youth Health and Wellbeing: includes links to Assessment Guideline for providers caring for young people aged 12 – 24 years across settings, as well as links to other resources
Sexual health Infolink: telephone referral line (1800 451 624, weekdays 9 – 5:30) staffed by specialist sexual health nurses, as well as internet-based information and referral service, providing access to all aspects of sexual health care. Specialises in HIV and
STI risk assessment and treatment.
Playsafe: sexual health information, online help service and and links to appropriate medical centres.
Family planning NSW
Your room: information on alcohol and other drug use, including fact sheets (multiple languages), assessment tools and links to support services.
Family and Community Services – support to find a home: homelessness service, including specific services for young people. Affiliated with Link2home, 24-hour information line (1800 152 152).
Health Services for Young People
Our Health Our Ways videos
Transition Care Network: improving delivery of healthcare for young people with chronic health problems and disabilities as they transition from paediatric to adult health services.
Child and Youth Mental Health Services: specialise in helping infants, children and young people up to age 18 years with complex mental health needs.
Youth Sexual health: information on sexual health checks, family planning, contraception and STI screening and treatment.
Dovetail: provides clinical advice and professional support to workers, services and communities who engage with young people affected by alcohol and other drug use
Queensland Youth AOD Services Guide: created by Dovetail, this guide provides an overview of youth alcohol and other drug treatment services across Queensland. For help outside of hours, call the 24-hour Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800
Youth Housing and Accommodation
Brisbane Youth Service
Micah Projects: Support and advocacy services
Clarence St, Mater Young Adult Health Service: Youth drug and alcohol service
Decision Making by and for Individuals under the Age of 18
HEEADSSS Assessment learning video resource
Youth friendly confidentiality resources
Youth Health Risk Assessment
HEADSSS: get the conversation started (NSW only)
Queensland Health: Sexual health guidelines
Last Updated September 2019