What is a Youth Health Worker?
Our goal is to help you identify your needs & consider what you would like to achieve so you might have the most hopeful & meaningful life. Youth Workers provide formal and informal services for young people, in groups or as individuals. These services can include advocacy, community development, referrals, social education, health education, participation programs and skills development (such as leadership skills) for people aged 12 – 25 years old.
Youth Workers can meet with young people help identify and discuss their health and wellbeing needs and then link them into relevant services. They can be there to have a casual chat and provide information on:
- Mental health/ sexual health/ physical health etc.
- Relevant apps and online resources
- Accessing food, accommodation and other support services in the area
- Accessing health services for themselves and/or family members
- Help apply for own Medicare card – chat about youth allowance & proof of age card (where relevant)
- Help young people increase capacity and confidence to access health services
Our Youth and Community worker is Emma Pacconi.
Emma is based at our East Reservoir Clinic and also available at the Darebin Youth Hub, Northland Shopping Centre for drop ins on Tuesdays from 12:30pm – 5:00pm.