Youth Health Fund

The Youth Health Fund (YHF) is administered state-wide by The Link Youth Health Service Inc (The Link) through a network of ‘Youth Health Fund Access Workers’.


The aim of the Youth Health Fund is to buy essential health services and/or health items for people aged 12 to 24 who otherwise could not afford them.  The fund assists disadvantaged young people across Tasmania.  These young people come from varying backgrounds with a wide range of health issues.


ACCESS WORKERS

At any given time there are approximately 200 workers across Tasmania that are trained as YHF Access Workers.  Access Workers are situated in a range of Youth, Community and Health Services, including Government and Non Government Agencies.


YOUNG PEOPLE

A young person (12-24) must speak with an Access Worker with regard to their specific health related issue/s.  In a confidential setting, the Access Worker will assess the health needs of the client and refer the young person to the appropriate Health Provider.  Assuming the young person is eligible under the guidelines of the Program, the Fund will cover the cost of the service and/or item.  No cash payments are made; all transactions are paper based.


EXAMPLES OF SERVICES COVERED

Examples of some of the items and services paid for through the Fund are:

prescription items such as antibiotics

sexual health and family planning services and items

counselling services

complementary therapies

General Practitioner consultations where bulk-billing is not available

rural transport

Toiletry items and Kits


HOW TO CONTACT A YOUTH HEALTH FUND WORKER

For information on how to contact your nearest Youth Health Fund Access Worker, please email the Youth Health Fund Program Coordinator via the link on this page stating which part of Tasmania you live in.



Click here to contact the YHF Coordinator