Background Young people aged 12–25 years are poorly serviced by current models of
healthcare; they are under represented in Medicare data and are poor
seekers of healthcare. However, the majority of mental health problems
commence during this age span, significant sexual health issues arise,
and there is poor compliance with treatment for chronic disease.
Objective This article describes a holistic, multisector primary healthcare delivery
model which may provide a way forward to improve both access and
outcomes for young people.
Discussion The ‘headspace Gold Coast’ model incorporates the relationship the
young person has with both the organisation and the individuals within
it; a focus on social and vocational rehabilitation; and a team based
approach. The model provided at headspace serves an unmet need for
young people in urban settings. However, more and ongoing support is
crucial, including options for integration into existing primary care.
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