Youth health services were first established in Adelaide in 1985 to undertake a primary health care preventive role. The service was modelled on the concept of "The Door" in New York City, which provided health services for young people from a one-stop-shop. The Second Story expanded to provide services from four sites in Adelaide, including Elizabeth, Christies Beach, Woodville as well as the City.
By the late 1980s, there were also other youth health services in Marion (Marion Youth Health) and Salisbury (Shopfront Youth Health), which were jointly funded by SA Health and their local Councils. In late 1995, as part of a reform process, youth health services across Adelaide became incorporated into community health services in their respective regions.
In 2014, SA Health established a single, fully integrated metropolitan youth health service under the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, in response to the Review of Non Hospital Based Services. The integrated youth health service is now known as "MYHealth: Metopolitan Youth Health".
Rationale for providing youth health services
Generally, young Australians are healthy. However for some people their health can be adversely affected by difficult life events, discrimination and violence, and the barriers in access to appropriate service provision.
We believe that young people will achieve better health outcomes if they have access to ‘youth friendly’ services in which:
- their confidentiality is assured and the care they receive is respectful
- there is quality communication by staff
- they are involved in their own care planning and outcomes
- the environment and response offered is age appropriate; and
- there is continuity of care.
- Aboriginal clinical health workers
- Youth health workers (who are Allied Health Professionals)
- Community nurses/midwives
- Administrative workers