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Introduction to Young Adult Health

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.

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.

Who should attend?

This course is relevant for healthcare professionals who may work with young adults including GPs, medical officers, youth workers and allied health professionals.

Course information

  • 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