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Helpful information and resources to assist with keeping healthy and well.
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 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:
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.
The Better Health Channel has information for young people about a variety of topics such as health, learning and careers.
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.
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 is designed to help teenage boys understand health and development issues as well as specific medical conditions.
Centre for Young Women's Health is designed to help teenage girls understand health and development issues as well as specific medical conditions.
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.
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 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.
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 provides help and support to those suffering from a mental illness or young people who have a relative with mental illness.
SANE Australia has support for people with mental health issues.
Young Beyond Blue provides information and stories about young people living with depression or anxiety.
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.
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 (WOHA)provides facts on domestic violence and abuse for young people.
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
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.
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.
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.
Youth.gov.au 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 is a government website about apprenticeships, what they are, how to get one and where you can look to find one.
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 is a government website that provides information, resources and fun stuff for students.
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 is a government database where you can run a free search for jobs up for grabs in your area.
On My Future website is a career exploration and information service where you can search careers and gain knowledge about relevant courses.
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 Associating has support for Indigenous people in the areas of education and learning.
Find out everything you want to know about VCAL, the hands on option for school students.
Find out everything you need to know about the
VCAA, the body who sets the guidelines about schooling from Prep–Year 12.
Wise Employment is committed to supporting disadvantaged people to find, maintain and learn skills around employment opportunities.
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.
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 provides services to young people who are experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol.
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 provides legal aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote social justice and power for Indigenous Australians.
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 is a state-wide community legal centre for young people that provides confidential legal advice.
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.
The NDIS provide a range of home and living support services, including specialised disability accommodation, home modifications, supported living and independent living options.
The Association for Children with a Disability has information, support and advocacy programs for people with a disability.
Disability Justice Advocacy inc is a service for people with disabilities to help support their needs as well as their rights.
Information for young people about becoming independent in areas like education, housing, money matters and socialising can be found on Getting Out.
If you have a medical condition or disability it is important to have
ambulance cover. Ambulance rides can be expensive without it!
Centrelink you can get a health care card which will help with the costs of some medications and health service costs.
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).
Metlink you can get a public transport concession card that will get you cheaper public transport tickets within Victoria.
Here you can compare different
private health insurance providers and choose the best option for you.
VicRoads you can apply to get your learners or provisional drivers license.
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’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
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.
Department of Health provides a list of organisations, websites and services that offer support and information about chronic conditions.
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.