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Youth aged 12-24 can now gain free access to a variety of health services at Belmore Youth Resource Centre (BYRC).
One of the services offered is the ability to see a health nurse on Mondays and Tuesday between 1-5pm.
"There is a need not only in this area, but wider Sydney, for free confidential services for young people," Clinical Nurse Specialist, Megan Koroitamana said.
"I’m glad Council has partnered with us (Sydney Local Health District) to provide a program, which targets the mental and physical health of local youth.
"I want local youth to know there is a safe and private space for them to go without needing parental permission or a Medicare Card."
Mrs Koroitamana, who has her post-graduate studies in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, said parents and carers can be assured, their child will receive the right information and treatment, if required.
"I’ve seen more than a dozen young people already, including young parents, people experiencing mental health issues, and people who are dealing with cultural and socio-economic barriers," she said.
City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, said more than 3,000 young people accessed the services and programs at BYRC over the past 12 months.
"The more our youth know about the services we offer, the more likely they are to access them and receive the support they need," Mayor Asfour said.
"I’m hoping by opening the door, we can begin to remove any barriers these youth may have, so they feel comfortable enough to take advantage of this new service."
BYRC is also supported by Youthblock Youth Health Service, Canterbury Bankstown Youth Service, Break Thru People Solutions and Barnardos Australia.
The Centre is located at Building 3, 38-40 Redman Parade, Belmore, and is open Monday to Friday, from 9am-5pm. For more information, call 9718 9848.
27/06/2018 2:58 PM