Youth services

The Youth and Family team at Monash Health Community (MHC) provides high quality health services to vulnerable and marginalized young people and their families within the community in which they live, work and/or study. Multidisciplinary programs embrace patient-centred practices and evidence-based services. Group therapy programs are provided to assist young people wanting help with difficulties, including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-esteem and body image
  • Health and living skills

 Programs:

'Youth Health Hub' Program  

The Youth and Family Team supports young people (16-25 years or equivalent developmental age) at our Tuesday and Thursday Youth Hubs by providing individual assessments, support services and groups. Limited services for 12-15 year olds, contact our youth triage team to discuss.

The Youth Hubs include dietetics, exercise physiology, Zumba, music therapy, communication skills, health assessments and group programs to improve young people's health literacy.

Vulnerable and disadvantaged young people presenting with complex health and social issues are the target cohort. Eligibility is any young person living, working, studying or accessing services in City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey or Cardinia Shire (and surrounds).

For more information or to make a referral please contact youthtriage@monashhealth.org or 0434 601 300.

Care Coordination

Our Care Coordination team consists of youth workers and social workers who provide specialised outreach for young people in the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire. We provide assistance to young people (16-25 years) to become engaged in their health choices and wellbeing. Linkages can be made to appropriate health and community services.

Communication Skills Program

Coordinated by a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, this program targets social and communication skills, including speaking, listening and literacy. These skills contribute to social and emotional function and wellbeing of clients, as well as enabling them to gain self-advocacy skills. Groups focus on opportunities for vulnerable and at risk young people to express themselves, whilst learning and practising interpersonal conversational skills in a friendly environment. Individual sessions with clients are also available.

Community Health Nurses

A Sexual Health clinic is located at our Springvale and Cranbourne sites. Community nurses provide age-related nursing screening, services and assessments, health education and information, referrals (internal and external).

The focus of clinics is on sexual and reproductive and breast health information. Pap/HPV tests for unscreened or under screened, pregnancy testing and options, and contraception options counselling are offered. All services are inclusive of psycho-social support, mental health screenings / assessment, general health and assistance with accessing the health system.

Community Health Nurses in Multi-Disciplinary Centres (MDC's)

Community Health Nurses in MDC's for Sexual Assault provide patient-centred services to clients who experienced sexual assault and their non-offending family members. Nurses work closely with the MDC stakeholders, including Police, Child Protection and Counsellors. They conduct holistic health assessments, provide health education and information, and can support clients to access referral points, such as GPs and health services. Provide a patient-centred service means nurses work with the client to identify their health care priorities.

Currently there are 6 MDCs in Victoria. Monash Health Community nurses are located in Dandenong and Seaford.

Girls on the Go Program

Established by the Youth and Family team in response to an increase in young women presenting to the service with negative body image, low self-esteem and disordered eating patterns. The program adopts a ‘holistic’ approach with particular care being taken to shift the focus of the group away from issues of ‘weight’ and ‘dieting’ to general health, well-being, self-esteem and happiness. It has been running for over ten years and its' benefits have been evidenced via extensive research. Currently, Girls on the Go runs as part of our Thursday night Youth Hub Program at 122 Thomas Street, Dandenong from 4.30 - 5.30pm.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is offered as part of the Youth Hub program. Music Therapy involves the planned, intentional and creative use of music within a therapeutic relationship to support health, functioning and wellbeing. Music Therapy incorporates a range of active and receptive methods including music listening, song sharing, lyric analysis, music-assisted counselling, song writing, recording, music-based relaxation, instrument playing, improvisation and singing. The Music Therapy service offers individual and group programs, consultation and education sessions. Holistic approach is provided in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team to support social, emotional, psychological, communication, cognitive, and physical needs of individuals accessing the program.

Springboard Program

The Southern Metropolitan Springboard program is an education support program which works with young people aged 16-21 years, by providing advice and assistance with education, employment, and training. It provides case management support to young people  transitioning from out of home care, by working with education and welfare community supports to offer  opportunities for young people.

Springboard Case Managers work with young people to help identify their educational and/or employment goals, and can assist in addressing any barriers that may be impacting on achieving their ultimate goals.

The program is subject to strict eligibility criteria and referrals are through Mission Australia who can be contacted via e-mail at SMRSpringboard@missionaustralia.com.au

Youth Counselling

Confidential counselling for young people (12-25 years) on a range of presenting issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, family conflict, peer, relationship, behaviour and anger management issues. If appropriate, parents are provided with parental education, support and referral options for on-going counselling for themselves. Services are currently provided by a Developmental and Educational Psychologist.



Cost:

Nil



Eligibility criteria:

Young people aged 12 - 25 years



Referrals: Community Health Nurse / Youth Counselling

T: 1300 3 iCARE, OPTION 4
F:
9554 9221

E:
MHCaccess@monashhealth.org


Referrals / Information: Youth Health Hubs / Groups / Other Services
M: 0434 601 300
E:
youthtriage@monashhealth.org   

Contacts: 

Manager
Sara Edwards
T: 8558 9044
M:
0410 349 362

Locations: 

Monash Health Community
122 Thomas Street, Dandenong
(Youth Health Hub) 

Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre
55 Buckingham Ave, Springvale

MY Place Pakenham
5-7 Main Street, Pakenha
(Youth Counselling only)