Adolescent Health

Background

Health Services designed specifically for adolescents/ rangatahi are resourced by Te Tai Tokerau PHO and provided in three sites across the area.

  • Rural Beat in Kawakawa Adolescent Health Clinic is located adjacent to The Bay of Islands College and is open 5 days per week including school holidays.
  • Herewaka – Taipa Adolescent Health Clinic is on site at the school and is open 3 days per week: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and is only open term time.
  • Te Rangatahi Ora – Kaitaia Adolescent Health Clinic is located at 30 Worth St Kaitaia, at a site adjacent to Kaitaia College, and is open 5 days per week, from 8.30 – 3.00pm.

Students make appointments to access the health clinic by requesting an appointment time at the clinic, being given a paper record to present to the class teacher – on completion of the appointment – the time the student leaves the clinic is recorded on the appointment slip and presented to the class teacher on return.

The health clinic is staffed by an administrative support person – employed through Te Tai Tokerau PHO clinical nursing services are provided by Te Hauora o te Hiku o te Ika in the far north and Ngati Hine Health Trust in the mid north.  GP services are provided when available. The clinical staff will also refer clients on to other health providers for related and relevant service support.

 

Objectives

To provide accessible integrated youth focused and friendly services that target priority health issues impacting on the health of young people; in particular sexual health, mental health and family planning.

 

Project

This is a collaborative venture between Te Tai Tokerau PHO and other health providers committed to improving the health of young people. These clinics are nurse led, providing health services including sexual health, Public Health, counseling and social services. Young people are steadily and increasingly accessing these services and a wide range of health issues are being uncovered and managed.

The service has a commitment to a strong preventive approach, targeting mental health issues, drug and alcohol issues, smoking, nutritional issues, and sexual health.

The HEADSS tool is used in an initial comprehensive assessment of all clients seen at the service. This is a useful tool relevant to adolescents and useful in identifying the wide range of health issues experienced by this age group.