The Navigate Your Health program helps children and young people who are in out-of-home care or involved in the youth justice system to look after their health. Through the program they receive free health checks, referrals and ongoing healthcare coordination to improve their overall health and wellness. Children’s Health Queensland Nurse Navigators lead the program in collaboration with Child Safety and Youth Justice staff, in partnership with general practitioners, hospitals, Aboriginal Medical Services and other community health services.
Keeping your healthcare on track
Children and young people in care and/or involved with the youth justice system often have unmet health needs, and commonly fall behind in immunisation schedules and other basic health care checks. They may have complex physical, dental, social-emotional, developmental and mental health needs that require assessment from a multidisciplinary team including doctors, nurses, dentists, and other allied health practitioners.
When a child or young person is referred to Navigate Your Health, a Nurse Navigator will arrange a full health assessment to identify any health problems early and connect them to the services and supports they need at the right time to give them the best possible future.
Who can access this service?
Children and young people up to the age of 18 who are currently in, or about to enter, out-of-home care, or 10-17 ½ year-olds who are subject to community-based youth justice orders.
The program is currently available to children and young people who are case managed through the following service centres:
- Brisbane and Moreton Bay region: Alderley, Cannon Hill, Chermside, Forest Lake, Inala, Mount Gravatt.
- South East Region: Logan Central, Loganlea.
- Far North Queensland Region: Cairns, Edmonton.
- Brisbane North
- Brisbane South
- Western Districts
A formal referral is required to access this service.
Referrals are accepted from:
- Child Safety staff
- Youth Justice staff.