Calling all young people!

The Hearing from Young People survey is open now for young Victorians (aged 15 – 19 years) living with adversity to tell us how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their health and access to healthcare.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an event like no other in the lifetime of Victorian young people. The public health measures required to contain the direct impact of the virus have affected almost every aspect of life including education, health, and social interaction. Young people who were already living with adversity (such as living in out-of-home care, with family violence or with a family member with mental illness) are likely to have been disproportionately affected.   

The Centre for Community Child Health, in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, is carrying out research that is directly asking this group of young people about the impact of the pandemic upon health and healthcare access through an online survey and interviews. This project is the first of a partnership funded by the Medical Research Branch of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions that aims to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the health of children, young people and families living with adversity in Victoria and identify priorities for system improvements.  

If you are working with young Victorians between 15 and 19 years of age, particularly those who have experienced hardship, please encourage them to tell us their experiences and ideas for change.  

Please direct the young people to watch our video or to visit https://redcap.link/hfyp for more information and to participate in the survey.

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