The NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health
Our past projects include:
The GP Strategy
Working primarily in partnership with the Divisions of General Practice (DGPs), this project aims to improve young people's access to General Practitioners, by enhancing the effectiveness of GP youth health training and access initiatives. This project will improve the quality and outcomes of GP training in adolescent issues through research, mapping, creation of training standards/tools, and evaluation of good practice in youth GP access strategies.
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Web-based parenting resources
In this project NSW CAAH will collaborate with the Raising Children Network in the scoping, researching and development of adolescent content in the expansion of the Raising Children Network Website. The project involves three parts:
Youth Health Forums
These stimulating half-day forums cover a wide range of adolescent health and well-being issues, appealing to health, education, community, welfare professionals and students. Programmes usually feature four or five key speaker presentations, followed by a panel / open question session. Please refer to our calendar for upcoming events.
To extend Youth Health Forums to the rural and remote areas, as well as to people in the metropolitan area who are unable to attend the Forums, Youth Health Forums are being recorded and produced as DVDs so that they can be accessed and viewed at as many locations as possible. To order your copy and find out more about how to run a Regional Youth Health Forum, please refer to Resources.
Youth Health Resource Kit
This project involves producing a Youth Health Clinical Resource Kit, similar to that previously produced by NSW CAAH for GPs, on the health needs of young people and how to work effectively with young people. This project involves consulting with the intended target audience, developing and disseminating the Resource Kit. The aim is to increase the youth health skills and knowledge of those clinicians in health and related fields who work with young people.
Access Study Phase I
This participatory research project (completed in 2002) explored the issues and barriers affecting adolescents' access to health care services. The document has already assisted services in planning and service improvement. For more information, or to obtain a free copy of the report, please refer to Resources.
Access Study Phase II
The next phase of this applied research program (following ACCESS Study Phase I) involved consultation with a wide range of health, welfare and medical services across NSW, analysing different models of youth health service delivery and identifying better practice recommendations in Youth Health.
The Phase II study has produced a research report and two resource documents, to assist policy makers, managers and workers in planning, developing and evaluating services and programs for young people. For more information, or to obtain a free copy of the research report or the resource documents, please refer to Resources.
A second edition of the Access Study Better Practice Framework Fact sheets was published in 2010.
Beyond Bandaids: Understanding the role of school nurses in NSW
Working in collaboration with the School Nurses Association of NSW, this project aimed to clarify the role of school nurses in NSW and subsequently facilitate ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the impact and outcomes of school nursing.
School nurses were surveyed to obtain their opinions about their role. This information was used to develop a standardised daily activity log to identify roles actually undertaken over a four week period. Nurses perceived roles were then compared to activity log reports to identify main duties undertaken, proportion of time spent on activities and common presenting health concerns.
This research has:
Beyond Bandaids project overview
Medicare card resources
Set yourself free! Get your own Medicare card from the age of 15 Poster and pocket sized resource cards have been developed to inform young people over 15 about their entitlement and rights in accessing health care.
In 2003, South East Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS) produced these resources to encourage young people who reach 15 to obtain their own Medicare Card. This time, SESIAHS, Youth Accommodation Association, and NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health worked together to revamp and reproduce these resources for wider distribution. These resources can be ordered free of charge for distribution in NSW.
To obtain copies of the poster or the pocket sized card, please refer to Resources.
NSW Youth Health Policy 2011-2016: Healthy bodies, healthy minds, vibrant futures
NSW Health has developed a new youth health policy, together with NSW CAAH and other stakeholders, to identify priorities, guide program development and promote better health outcomes for young people aged 12-24 throughout NSW.
For more information about the NSW Youth Health Policy please see Policy.
Roundtable on Youth Development
As part of its continued commitment to supporting young people in NSW, NSW CAAH was commissioned by the Communities Division of NSW Department of Community Services to host a Roundtable on Youth Development for government and non-government agencies. The roundtable provided opportunities for stakeholders to review current youth development approaches and practices and identify ways of supporting positive youth development in NSW. To obtain a free copy of the report, please refer to Resources.
Good practice in youth development study
Leading up to this event, the Communities Division, DoCS, also contracted NSW CAAH to conduct a good practice in youth development study within the South East Sydney region. The project assisted services to undertake self-assessment activities, identify good practice case studies, develop a standard review model for other regions and identify support needed when planning and implementing youth development projects. To obtain a free copy of the report, please refer to Resources.
Spinning the Web
Better connections between services working with young people
Spinning the Web's aim is to identify and address information-sharing barriers between services concerned with young people's health and well-being. The Project was designed to improve referral systems, increase organisations' opportunities to work cross-sectorally and identify new partnerships.
Through focus group discussions and surveys, the project explored NSW-based health and other workers' skills and experiences in seeking information on adolescent health-related resources and services, and identified strategies to externally promote their service and programs.
To obtain a free copy of the report, please refer to Resources.
Using technologies safely and effectively to promote young people's wellbeing: A better practice guide for services
As part of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, NSW CAAH led the development of a Better Practice Guide to the safe and effective use of technologies to promote young people's wellbeing. The project examines the role of technologies in facilitating direct communication, health promotion, health interventions, research and evaluation. A set of guidelines for service providers on how to safely and effectively incorporate technology into their practice with young people, as well as how to best engage young people, was produced. The Better Practice Guide aims to develop the capacity of youth health and related services to use technologies to better engage and respond to young people's needs. This project also aims to provide an evidence base for unlocking structural barriers to achieving practice change.
To obtain a free copy of the report and a moderated wiki version of the Guide, please refer to Resources.
Youth Health Conference 2006
Young People's Health - what's it going to take?