NSLHD recognised at 2019 NSW Youth Health Showcase The NSLHD Youth Health team has been working in
Health and Ryde Hospital’s ED to trial youth health and wellbeing HEEADSSS assessments for young people between 12 to 24.
Beaches Young Adult Diabetes Clinic. The clinic has improved access to specialist multidisciplinary diabetes care for more than 170 young people with Type 1 Diabetes aged between 16 and 30 living on the Northern Beaches. Prior to the start of the clinic in 2017, there were no public specialist services available for this vulnerable population. Many young people who had previously disengaged from health care are now attending the clinic regularly. More than 130 people attended the Showcase including young people, representatives from Ministry, all LHDs/SHNs and key partners such as Education, Primary Health Networks, headspace, peak youth organisations.
collaboration with other district services to better identify young people’s health needs and connect them to appropriate services. The team was invited to present on two projects that are responding to young people’s needs at the NSW Youth Health Showcase. The NSW Youth Health Showcase was held in April and is designed to support implementation of the NSW Youth Health Framework 2017-2024. Of 65 initiatives submitted across the local health districts, 15 were selected, with NSLHD invited to present on two projects - HEEADSSS at Ryde ED and Northern Beaches Young Adult Diabetes Clinic. ‘HEEADSSS at Ryde ED’ project, is in partnership with Youth The Let’s Clear the Air reporting tool will allow people to report smoking occurring on hospital grounds. Ryde Hospital’s Site Operations Manager Matthew Noone said anyone who observed smoking or smoking-related litter on the grounds of the hospital could log on to the tool and report the location and time. “Security officers have the power to issue $300 fines to smokers, but we prefer to educate patients, visitors and staff,” Matthew said. Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) has had access to the Let’s Clear the Air tool since May 2017. In the 18 months after it went live, 210 reports on smoking and smoking litter were received.
HEEADSSS is psychosocial screening tool designed for use with young people in a healthcare setting.
Each letter reflects a major domain of a young person’s life – Home, Education and employment, Eating and exercise, Activities and peers, Drug use, Sexual health, Suicide and mental health, Safety and spirituality. The team developed a range of tools to support ED nurses and doctors to better identify young peoples’ needs and connect them to additional supports and services. Dr Darshika Christie-David, Staff Specialist Endocrinologist, presented on the successful establishment of the Northern Regular surveys reveal hospital main entrances are almost totally smoke-free. The Let’s Clear the Air tool helps to identify other areas on campus where smoking may occur. Making an anonymous report is quick and it is sent to hospital security officers, who can then investigate, take action and monitor the areas. World No Tobacco Day was held on May 31 across NSLHD sites with staff encouraged to be in a photo that could be customised to promote a smoke free hospital. To make a report, visit www.bit. ly/ClearTheAirNSLHD , select your hospital and complete the form. Staff are encouraged to save the link as a bookmark on their computer or phone to help make reporting quick and easy.
Clearing the Air on World No Tobacco Day Staff, visitors and patients at Ryde Hospital now have a new tool to help in the fight against smoking on the hospital campus. District (NSLHD) sites are smoke free and people found to be smoking may be subject to a fine.
Ryde Hospital staff at World No Tobacco Day stall
Health Promotions team in RNSH foyer informing staff about World No Tobacco Day
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