Young people's health

Young people's health

Public Health Services works with State, Commonwealth and Community based organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Tasmania. Promoting positive health to young people is important for the prevention of health issues when older. The focus is particularly on those at risk of not making a successful transition to adulthood.

The Children and Young People’s Health Policy role acts to:

  1. Facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-informed policy
  2. Share, promote and contribute to knowledge influencing young people’s health and wellbeing
  3. Provide input into projects across Department of Health (DoH) and Government that have a specific focus on young people
  4. Commission services that directly benefit the health of young Tasmanians
  5. Develop and maintain Statewide partnerships and networks
  6. Contribute to State activities that address barriers leading to poor health for young people

Priorities include:

Supporting organisations to provide services.

The Department of Health funds organisations who provide specific youth services or who respond to youth needs. These include

  • The Link Youth Health Service provides health and wellbeing services for young people aged 12 -25
  • KidSafe Tasmania and Delta Dog Safe Tasmania both work to prevent injury for children and young people.
  • Family Planning Tasmania provides clinical and educative services around sexual and reproductive health for people at all stages of life.
  • Women’s Health Tasmania provides the women of Tasmania, including young women, a safe and comfortable place where they can seek support and information.
  • Working It Out provides support and advocacy services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Tasmanians and education and training programmes to schools, workplaces, and organisations.

Statewide Youth Collaborative Group (SYC)

Working together to improve young people’s access to health and wellbeing services in Tasmania.

SYC is a collaborative group involved in action-based strategic work, with the aims of becoming a ‘go-to’ in the sector on youth health and wellbeing. SYC have membership from both government and community sector representatives.

SYC have developed a range of resources including the most recent SYC Tops Tips for Healthy Mind Habits. See the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) website for a range of resources.

Relationships and sexuality

Public Health Service supports the Sexual and Reproductive Health Collaborative Group, and actions in this area. For young people the focus of this work is relationships and sexuality education, teenage pregnancy and general sexual health.

Smoke Free Young People

Smoke Free Generation – be a part of it! is a collaboration of service providers which aims to prevent young people from taking up smoking and help those who have already started smoking to quit. The working group is guided by the Smoke Free Young People Strategy and associate actions to support young people with prevention, cessation and support.

The Smoke Free Generation Website is managed by Cancer Council Tasmania on behalf of the Smoke Free Young People Working Group.

The primary audience for the website:

  • smokers aged between the ages of 12 and 24 (to assist with smoking cessation)
  • non-smokers between the ages of 12 and 24 (to prevent uptake)
  • adults either as teachers, youth workers or parents (to enable them to support young people to be smoke free).

The website addresses our key messages:

  1. Most young people don’t smoke
  2. Young people can choose to be smoke-free
  3. There are immediate and short-term effects from smoking
  4. Nicotine is addictive
  5. Adults have a role to support young people to be smoke-free

Healthy Young People

Healthy Young People is a free online resource promoting positive body image, adequate sleep, healthy eating, water consumption, physical activity and reduced sedentary time. These resources are aimed at secondary school students, teachers and school staff, youth workers, social workers and anyone who works with young people.

Health on the Shelf

Health on the Shelf  - in partnership with Libraries Tasmania - is a collection of suggested picture books for children (birth to eight years) and fiction books for young readers (five to 12 years) that present ideas about healthy living.

Contact us

email yph@dhhs.tas.gov.au

August 2021