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  • General health and wellbeing

    Helpful information and resources to assist with keeping healthy and well.

    Young People’s Health Service (YPHS)

    The Young People's Health Service (YPHS) provides primary health care and opportunistic and strategic health interventions to adolescents and young adults (12-24 years) who are experiencing, or at risk of homelessness or marginalisation. 

    The RCH Chronic Illness Peer Support Program

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Chronic Illness Peer Support Program (ChIPS) is a vibrant peer support program for young people, led by young people, which offers a wide range of opportunities for members who are:

    • 12 to 25 years of age
    • Living with a primary diagnosis of a chronic illness
    • Able to attend an intake program, either Eight Week Group or a two day Intensive
    • Ready and able to participate and function well in a group setting
    • For more detailed referral criteria please contact the ChIPS office on (03) 9345 6616 or visit the ChIPS website

    Based at the RCH Department of Adolescent Medicine in Melbourne, as well as Westmead Children's Hospital in NSW, ChIPS works to engage young people from metropolitan and rural areas. 

    Better Health Channel

    The Better Health Channel has information for young people about a variety of topics such as health, learning and careers. 

    Reach Out

    Reach Out has information and support so you can get through tough times. You can find information and stories about mental health issues, explore tools and resources designed to help you out and connect to other young people.

    Tune in Not Out

    At Tune in Not Out you can find information on a range of topics that interest young people including alcohol, exams, mental health and relationships. 

    Young Men's Health 

    Young Men's Health is designed to help teenage boys understand health and development issues as well as specific medical conditions.

    Centre for Young Women's Health

    Centre for Young Women's Health is designed to help teenage girls understand health and development issues as well as specific medical conditions.

    Youth Central

    Articles, reviews, news, advice, podcasts, competitions, games plus more are found on Youth Central. Advice about a whole range of information for young people is provided including working, studying, managing money, travelling, accommodation, health, relationships and rights.

    Mental health

    The RCH Mental Health Service

    RCH Mental Health is a service you can turn to when there are serious concerns about an infant’s, child’s or adolescent’s mental health and wellbeing. RCH Mental Health provide a range of hospital inpatient, specialist, consultation and community mental health services for infants, children and adolescents/young people. 

    Orygen Mental Health

    Orygen Specialist Program provide specialist mental health services for young people aged 15 to 25 who reside in the western and north-western regions of metropolitan Melbourne. Orygen focus is on providing early intervention to young people with severe and/or complex mental illness. 

    The Black Dog Instituteis engaging young people to prevent the onset of anxiety, depression, and psychological distress. The Black Dog Institute is also dedicated to researching the early detection, prevention and treatment of common mental health disorders. 

    Butterfly Foundation

    The Butterfly Foundation has support, advice and information is provided for people who suffer from any type of eating disorder.


    Information, stories and fact sheets on mental health issues as well as links to support services around Australia are found on Headspace.

    It's All right

    It's All right provides help and support to those suffering from a mental illness or young people who have a relative with mental illness.

    SANE Australia

    SANE Australia has support for people with mental health issues.

    Youth Beyond Blue

    Young Beyond Blue provides information and stories about young people living with depression or anxiety.

    Sexual health and relationships

    Family Planning Victoria 

    Family Planning Victoriahas over 50 years of experience and are dedicated to supporting people to make decisions about their reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing that are right for them. Family Planning Victoria has a range of health resources on their website and also has two clinic locations within Victoria that specialise in Youth Health (under 25), Contraception, Medical Abortion, Sexual Health Screening (STI/STD), Pregnancy and Reproductive Health.

    1800 My Options:

    Sexual and reproductive health is important, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right information and services. For specialised information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health in Victoria, contact 1800 my options.

    What's Okay at Home

    What's Okay at Home (WOHA)provides facts on domestic violence and abuse for young people.

    Women's Health Victoria

    Women’s Health Victoria is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of all Victorian women. We provide support services, resources and training. Areas of specialisation are Sexual and reproductive health, Prevention of violence against women, Women and cancer, Mental health and body image and Women’s equality.

    Young Women's Gynaecology Service

    The Young Women’s Gynaecology clinic is specially designed to cater for the needs of young women (under 19) and provides an approachable and confidential service.

    Like It Is

    Information about sex education and sexual health issues for teenagers can be found on Like It Is. Topics include relationships, STI's, teenage pregnancy, periods, peer pressure, sexuality, contraception plus more.

    Education and employment

    The RCH Education Institute

    The RCH Education Institute is committed to ensuring that young people continue their connection to learning whilst at hospital, they can also link you to a range of information or even get in touch with your school to discuss extra support. is described as the central hub for government information for young people. It links young people to information about rights, law, education, employment, the Australian Youth Forum and much more.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    Australian Apprenticeships is a government website about apprenticeships, what they are, how to get one and where you can look to find one.

    Good Universities Guide

    A guide to universities found in Australia is found on Good Universities Guide, search or browse by state.

    Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

    The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is a government website that provides information, resources and fun stuff for students.

    Graduate Careers

    On Graduate Careers they compare information about a bunch of career opportunities, find out what it takes to begin a career, where you can get the qualifications and what you'll expect after you graduate.

    Job Search

    Job Search is a government database where you can run a free search for jobs up for grabs in your area.

    My Future

    On My Future website is a career exploration and information service where you can search careers and gain knowledge about relevant courses.

    Skills Victoria

    Skills Australia has information about Australia's current, emerging and future workforce skills and development. Here you can find information on Tafe and other training courses.

    Victorian Aboriginal Education Association

    Victorian Aboriginal Education Associating has support for Indigenous people in the areas of education and learning.

    Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

    Find out everything you want to know about VCAL, the hands on option for school students.

    Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

    Find out everything you need to know about the VCAA, the body who sets the guidelines about schooling from Prep–Year 12.

    Wise Employment

    Wise Employment is committed to supporting disadvantaged people to find, maintain and learn skills around employment opportunities.

    Alcohol and drugs

    Drug Aware

    Drug Aware aims to reduce young people's motivation to use illicit drugs by providing them with the facts.


    Oxygen has information for young people about the effects of tobacco.

    Youth Projects

    This website provides information about health, employment, training and education services for disadvantaged, unemployed, homeless or drug and alcohol dependent youth.

    Youth Substance Abuse Service

    Youth Substance Abuse Service provides services to young people who are experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol. 

    Laws and rights

    Law Stuff

    Law Stuff has information about laws and rights concerning people under 18 years of age is provided on a range of topics including sex, drugs and alcohol, moving out of home, buying a car and renting a house.

    Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services

    Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services provides legal aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote social justice and power for Indigenous Australians.

    Youth Affairs Council of Victoria

    Youth Affairs Council of Victoria is the peak body and leading policy advocate for young people in Victoria. You can apply to join the YACVic reference committee and have a say on issues that affect youth.

    Youth Law

    Youth Law is a state-wide community legal centre for young people that provides confidential legal advice.

    Housing, advocacy and independence

    Frontyard Youth Homelessness Service

    Frontyard Youth Services is a specialist youth service located in Melbourne’s CBD. Our team aims to support young people to meet their physical, emotional and social needs and to develop pathways out of homelessness. Many of the services at Frontyard work with young people across Greater Melbourne and throughout Victoria.

    National Disability Insurance Scheme Housing and Living Supports

    The NDIS provide a range of home and living support services, including specialised disability accommodation, home modifications, supported living and independent living options.

    Association for Children with a Disability

    The Association for Children with a Disability has information, support and advocacy programs for people with a disability.

    Disability Justice Advocacy inc.

    Disability Justice Advocacy inc is a service for people with disabilities to help support their needs as well as their rights.

    Getting Out

    Information for young people about becoming independent in areas like education, housing, money matters and socialising can be found on Getting Out.

    Practical matters

    Ambulance cover

    If you have a medical condition or disability it is important to have ambulance cover. Ambulance rides can be expensive without it!


    At Centrelink you can get a health care card which will help with the costs of some medications and health service costs.

    Department of Justice

    At the Department of Justice you can apply for a proof of age card (if you're over 18).


    Here you can apply for your own Medicare card (if you're over 15).


    On Metlink you can get a public transport concession card that will get you cheaper public transport tickets within Victoria.

    Private Health Insurance

    Here you can compare different private health insurance providers and choose the best option for you.


    At VicRoads you can apply to get your learners or provisional drivers license.

    Services and Support Groups

    NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme

    The National Disability Scheme (NDIS) is the peak body nationally supporting all people living with a disability in Australia. The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government. The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.

    Victoria Health System

    Victoria’s health system offers a vast range of services and support to Victorians across the state. Whether you are seeing a doctor, going to hospital for surgery or in need of emergency or crisis support, these pages outline the services that are available to you.

    Rare Voices Australia

    Rare Voices Australia (RVA) is the peak body for Australians living with a rare disease. RVA provides a strong, unified voice to advocate for policy as well as health, disability and other systems that work for people living with a rare disease.

    Chronic Condition Contacts

    The Department of Health provides a list of organisations, websites and services that offer support and information about chronic conditions.

    Chronic Illness Alliance

    The Chronic Illness Alliance website can link you in to more support groups.


    Here you will find a list of numbers that you can call if you are having trouble or just need someone to talk to.

    For more information about Helplines or to find a number that will help you please head to Helplines Australia.

    Name Number Available About Website
    Family Drug Support 1300 368 186 24 hours Supports families affected by alcohol and drug use
    Kids Help Line 1800 551 800 24 hours A service for young people aged 5–25, where any issue can be discussed
    Lifeline 13 11 14 24 hours A service that anyone can call that respects people's rights to be heard, understood and cared for
    Sane 1800 187 263 9am–5pm Provides information and help for carers about mental health
    Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292 After hours A support line for victims/survivors of past and recent sexual assault
    Suicide Help Line 1300 651 251 24 hours A support line for people suffering from feelings of self-harm and suicide
    Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) (03) 8345 3037 9am–5pm A service for a range of women's health issues, including pregnancy
    Family Planning Victoria (FPV) 1800 013 952 Is dedicated to supporting people to make decisions about their reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing that are right for them
    Orygen Youth Health (03) 9966 9100 Orygen Youth Health (Orygen Specialist Program) provide specialist mental health services for young people aged 15 to 25 who reside in the western and north-western regions of metropolitan Melbourne
    Nurse-on-call 1300 60 60 24 24 hours A phone service that provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.