A new youth health hub for young people in the Yarra Valley region is on track to open in August 2020.
The Integrated Youth Health Hub (IYHH) will provide young people, and their families and carers with a single entry point to access a range of no cost or low cost primary health care, community and social services.
Following a competitive tender process by Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN), a consortium led by Inspiro Community Health Service, including Oonah Health and Community Services Aboriginal Corporation, Eastern Community Legal Centre, Anchor and Cire, will operate the hub.
The hub aims to improve accessibility to appropriate services for young people aged 12 to 25 years in our community.
Through the hub, young people and their families will be able to access a range of health and wellbeing activities; mental, physical and sexual health services, including access to a General Practitioner; as well as alcohol and other drugs services, and community and social services such as housing and legal assistance.
Activities and services will be delivered by the consortium members and a range of other local partners.
The Hub will feature a strong lived experience workforce. Staff who have used a variety of health services as young people, will assist other young people to navigate and use the services they need.
The hub will be located in Lilydale with outreach services operating from Belgrave, Healesville and Yarra Junction.
The Integrated Youth Health Hub was co-designed with local health and community services, the education sector, Yarra Ranges Council, youth representatives and other community members.
A Youth Reference Group will be involved in designing, monitoring and evaluating hub activities and services during its operation.
The hub is currently funded until 30 June 2022.
The service is funded by the Australian Government under the PHN program.