- More than 120 young Western Australians consulted on youth health and wellbeing
- Three goals and seven priorities identified
- First WA Youth Health Policy targets young people aged 10 to 24 years old
Young Western Australians have asked for a more holistic concept of health and wellbeing to be considered in the planning of health services, taking into account physical, mental and social needs.
These priorities are reflected in the WA Youth Health Policy 2018-2023, Western Australia's first policy on youth health, which has been developed by the Department of Health to drive equitable, effective and co-ordinated health services for young people.
The policy drew from the youth health project conducted by the WA Commissioner for Children and Young People, which consulted 1,000 young Western Australians from diverse backgrounds about their experiences with our health services.
Further consultations were then conducted with more than 120 young people throughout WA between September and October 2017 to discover what they needed to achieve positive health and wellbeing outcomes, and how health services could best address their needs.
The resulting Youth Health Policy includes three goals and seven priorities for action relating to the health and wellbeing of young people in WA over the next five years.
The Department of Health's Child and Youth Health Network has begun creating a youth-friendly version of the policy and engaging Health Service Providers, health services and young people to develop a toolkit which will enable this policy to be implemented across the health system.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"With nearly half a million young people aged 10 to 24 living in Western Australia, it is vital that we ensure our health services are meeting their needs.
"Adolescence and young adulthood are periods of rapid physical and emotional growth.
"The behaviours young people develop during these times have consequences for their future health - and for the future health of generations to come.
"A broad range of young people were invited to provide their views on what they need to achieve positive health and wellbeing, and how services can best address their needs.
"The policy reflects these views and will use them to guide the health services, communities, young people and their families, carers and support networks to effectively meet the health and wellbeing needs of young people in WA."
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"Youth health and youth rural health are two of the biggest issues raised with me, in my role as Youth Minister, by young Western Australians.
"It bodes well that the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council I established last year has given young people an additional voice to government in contributing to the development of this very important policy."
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