Youth and community services are usually available within most
local councils in every State and Territory. Community health
centres offer a range of services including general practitioners,
counsellors, nurses and psychologists.
There are also specific youth health services (such as headspace)
where young people, usually within the age range 12 - 25 years can
see health care professionals who have been trained in, and are
sensitive to, youth issues. Like community health centres,
youth health services are confidential and free but some do require
a Medicare number.
Although all states and territories have some services that are
geared towards young people, not all have a network or listing of
youth health services. Some youth health services overlap with
Sexual Health Clinics, Family Planning Clinics and Aboriginal
There are a range of services for youth offered around Australia
and these can be found through contacting the youth peak bodies in
your state or territory. For information check out Australian Clearning
House for Youth Studies - sector resources.
Contact your local council for your closest youth heath service or
community health service. Alternatively you can contact Kids
Helpline 1800 55 1800 or LifeLine 13 11 14 as they can also assist
with services in your local area.