Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) is funded by the Australian Department of Health and guided by Orygen The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of youth health services in the Northern Sydney region.
This is achieved through a partnership approach with Northern Sydney young people, general practitioners, primary care nurses, allied health providers, community organisations, councils and Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) in the consultation, co-designing, and commissioning of youth services. To date over 200 stakeholders have been involved in the designing of regional youth services funded by SNHN.
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Youth Mental Health
There are three types of services available to young people.
GP's in Schools Program
Learn more about the program.
- Schools & Parents – click here
- GPs and Nurses – click here
Youth Health Access
Medicare Cards, Bulk Billing, Sexual Health, Health Direct, Youth Source…
headspace services for people with Mild to moderate mental illness, drug and alcohol, sexual health and employment services for young people aged 12-25 in a youth friendly environment.
Short term individual and face-to-face psychological sessions for children and young people of all ages with mild to moderate mental illness or who are at risk of suicide or self-harm.
Butterfly Foundation’s Intensive Outpatient Program, includes group therapy and nutrition therapy for young people whose finances would otherwise limit access to the service.
Long term clinical case management, psychological interventions, and affordable psychiatry for young people aged 12-25 with, or at risk of, severe and complex mental illness.
Services for Young People
SDECC – AOD Intensive Support Program
Non-residential day rehabilitation, including individual counselling, care coordination, group programs and intensive outreach for people aged 14-25 years Services are available in Chatswood and Manly.
To access the program call 9977 0711.
Adult - Drug & Alcohol Counselling
Odyssey House Community Services
Non-residential day rehabilitation for adults over 18 years old, including individual and group counselling, support to family members of people who have an addiction. Services available in Chatswood and Manly. To access the program call 1800 397 739.
Drug & Alcohol Counselling
Odyssey House Community Services – Drug & Alcohol Counselling
Non-residential day rehabilitation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 18 years old, including individual and group counselling, support to family members of people who have an addiction. Services available in Chatswood and Manly. To access the program call 1800 397 739.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People
ACON – Substance Support Counselling
Face-to-face in Surry Hills and remote access program (Skype or telephone) providing intensive, structured interventions within a harm reduction model to Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Intersex people with alcohol and other drug misuse issues. Up to 12 sessions with the ability to extend. To access the program call 1800 063 060.
GP in Schools Program
GPs in Schools is a 3-hour workshop for year 11 students in Northern Sydney high schools that SNHN provides at no cost to high schools. The program has been running for over 20 years and aligns with the NSW Department of Education’s Life Ready course, part of the PDHPE syllabus.
The evidence-based program brings Doctors and Nurses into their local schools to build student’s confidence and health literacy in areas such as access to free healthcare, specific youth health issues, confidentiality, Medicare, and their healthcare rights.
GPs in Schools empowers students to ask questions that matter to them in a safe environment, in their school with their self-selected friendship groups of approximately 12 students per GP or Nurse. Utilising a peer-centred health promotion approach that allows students to ask questions anonymously invests in students to take an active and informed role in their healthcare as they transition to adulthood.
High school’s booking for a GPs in Schools workshop
High schools that are located in Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Northern Beaches, Ryde, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney or Willoughby Local Government Areas can book a GPs in Schools workshop.
If you would like to book a GPs in Schools workshop please complete the following booking form at your earliest convenience to ensure facilitator and funding availability.
GPs in Schools Parent / Guardian Letter Example
GPs in Schools Workshop Agenda
High schools who received the program from FY15-19
- Killarney Heights High
- Barrenjoey High
- Barker College
- Ryde Secondary College
- Cherrybrook Technology High
- Beaches School
- Hunters Hill High
- The Naremburn School
- Riverside High
- Galston High
- Cromer Campus
- Oakhill College
- Balgowlah Boys Campus
- Mater Maria Catholic College
- Turramurra High
- Mackellar Girls High
- The Forest High School
- St Leos Catholic College
- Marsden High
- Hornsby Girls High
- Davidson High
- Manly Selective Campus
- Loreto Normanhurst
- Pittwater High
- St Augustines
- Mount St Benedict College
- Pymble Ladies College
- Mercy Catholic College
- Epping Boys High
- Pennant Hills High
- Freshwater Senior Campus
- Stella Maris
- Chatswood High
- Mosman High
- Arden Anglican Secondary School
- St Pauls Catholic College
Expression of Interest to be a GPs in Schools facilitator
Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) invites local GPs and Practice Nurses to become a facilitator for the GPs in Schools Program, where you will gain the knowledge and skills to enhance the care of young people and effectively facilitate education on health and access to healthcare for Year 11 students in Northern Sydney. GPs and nurses who complete the training and facilitate in the program will receive remuneration to reflect their use of time, according to SNHN’s Remuneration Policy.
Youth Health Education Resources
- headspace National Youth mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and sexual health RACGP accredited modules
- MindMatters – School Resources
- Orygen The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health – Fact sheets, Webinars, Training Modules and more.