Introduction to Young Adult Health

"Investments in adolescent health and wellbeing bring benefits today, for decades to come, and for the next generation” Lancet Commission

Young adults have unique developmental, health and psychosocial needs and can be complex to manage. They often present with a range of risk issues that can be challenging to unpack and respond to. For some young people, the transition from peadiatric care to adult care and the associated responsibility of managing their illness can also be a difficult process. At the same time working with young people can be very rewarding and a clear developemental framework, good assessment and early intervention can often lead to positive outcomes.
There is a recognised gap in education for health professionals in young adult health care and A/Prof Simon Denny will discuss a range of topical issues facing young adults today.

This course offers participants the opportunity to develop skills to engage, assess and respond to the health care needs of young adults. It will help participants to develop youth friendly services and reduce barriers to young people accessing services.

Guest speakers
Dr Simon Denny — Director MYAHCB and Adolescent Physician

Associate Professor Simon Denny is an Adolescent and Young Adult Physician who is the Director of the Mater Young Adult Health Centre. He trained as a Paediatrician in New Zealand and has worked for over 18 years with adolescents and young adults at the Centre for Youth Health in South Auckland.

He was the Principal Investigator of Youth’07 which was New Zealand’s second National Youth Health and Wellbeing survey. He has published extensively on youth health issues in New Zealand and was past chairs of the Adolescent Health Research Group and Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand. He brings a clinical and epidemiological focus on youth health issues, especially around risk taking behaviours, wellbeing and youth appropriate health services.
Greg McGahan  Senior Manager MYAHCB and Mental Health Nurse

Geoff Corbett  Youth substance worker

Psychiatrists from MYAHCB
Who should attend?
This course is relevant for:
  • GP’s
  • Medical Officers
  • Youth workers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Allied Health
Workshop topics

Medical and clinical experts from Mater's Young Adult Health Centre (MYAHC) will present on a range of topical issues facing young adults.

Workshop topics:
  • Young adult context
  • Health and development of young people
  • Engagement and communication
  • Psychosocial care of young people – includes use of HEADSSS framework
  • Mental health
  • Substance use
  • Integrated care of young people
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
RACG 40 CPD accredited activity points allocated.
Duration and cost

8.00 am - 4.00 pm

$330 (incl. GST)

Cancellation and refund policy

Mater South Brisbane Campus
Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane

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