Consumer and Community Engagement
Youth Advisory Group (YAG)
WCHN decision-making is made with children and young people, especially when those decisions have an impact on their wellness, wellbeing, resiliency, health and recovery. Children and young people have an important role to play in community engagement and ideas, which we are encumbered to tune into. With the support of the YAG and Kids Klub a real difference in participation is occurring where decisions on the important stuff is made with children and young people. By respecting, developmental milestones (influenced by biological, psychological and social factors) our two peak groups are underpinned by developmental competence principles. In short, we recognize that the interpretation, application and conceptualization of data and ideas for children and young people are different to adults. Children and young people respond to a diversity of social cues and it our responsibility to make sure they have a supported seat at the decision-making table.
YAG members provide comment, ideas and research on areas relating to child and youth health. They focus on resiliency, recovery, wellbeing, wellness and health. They are the peak child and youth body for South Australia with expertise through experience as previous patients, carers, siblings or friends of patients accessing a service within the Women's and Children's Health Network.
YAG is committed to developing a healthy and resilient health system for children and young people designed in partnership with children and young people.
What they do
What is the YAG?
Chaired by a young person from the Network, this is the peak body for youth and children for the Network. The group meets quarterly and operates as a consultative group, comprised of 20 young people aged 12-25. Young people lend their advice, opinions and lived experience to influence better health outcomes.
The group has a yearly activity plan. Every three months the group rigorously audits a service in the Hospital, reviewing the service's ability to deliver safe, quality and comfortable care to teens and children. The Network is proud to collaborate authentically with young people from across all divisions to ensure youth are empowered to make change.
The group meets on the last Monday of every month from 3:30 â€“ 5:00pm at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Every school holidays a large campfire is held for four hours where members meet with network staff and community leaders.
The Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation provide support for the group.
The YAG is chaired by Jason and there are 21 members aged from 13 years – 21 years of age. The average age is around 16 years.
Forms and documents
Read the current year in review to find out about our achievements. Some of our highlights have been:
Each year the Youth Advisory Group evaluates its impact. Yearly updates can be found by clicking on the links:
How to get involved
If you are aged 12-25 or know of someone aged 12-25, why not consider being involved? Contact the Director of Consumer and Community Engagement.
Youth Health Pledge
To help share the decision-making with our children and young people, on April 3rd 2017 the Youth Advisory Group launched a pledge.
WCHN Staff will T.U.N.E in and connect with children and young people's care needs by:
The Youth Advisory Group in partnership with WCHN services like My Health are committed to reducing the stigma and discrimination of young parents in South Australia.Â In 2017 the YAG recommended a young parents roundtable, triggered by a cluster of feedback reports.Â In 2018/9 a community consultation will be created to raise awareness of the stories underpinning young parents.
Approaches to Youth Participation
The list of resources below outlines key principles for child and youth participation and engagement. The WCHN Kids Klub and Youth Advisory Group are operations and methodologies that are underpinned by the themes from the list of resources.
last modified: 04 Dec 2017