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Child and Youth Development

Our region has more than 36,000 children that live in low income and welfare dependent families. The region is also recognised as having the highest rate of developmentally vulnerable children with a high rate of child and infant mortality.

We aim to improve the health for children, youth and their families by working with health professionals and the wider community to support healthy child and youth development.

If you are looking for child and youth mental health services, please visit our Mental Health page.

Services We Fund

To improve the health of children, youth and their families we work with the services below:

Civic Assist

Civic Assist Street Crews

Civic Assist Street Crews engage with young people in Toowoomba who may be experiencing a range of concerns. These can be due to homelessness, relationships conflict, family violence, medical issues, transport issues, school or education problems, and alcohol and other drugs dependence.

The Civic Assist Street Crews provide accidental counselling and a referral service allowing vulnerable and at-risk youth to engage with health and support services in a non-threatening environment.

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True Relationships

Nurse-Led Sexual Health Service

True Relationship and Reproductive Health deliver reproductive and sexual health clinical services, information and education to under 25 youths in Toowoomba and Ipswich.

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Poppy Centre

Behavioural Development

We work with West Moreton Health to reduce and support referrals into the Specialist Behavioural Outpatient Department.

GP Placements

West Moreton GPs are eligible for a 12-week program in the Specialist Behavioural Development Clinic at Ipswich Hospital. Aimed at improving GPs skills when undertaking assessments, developing interventions and managing medications for children with behavioural development disorders.

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The Poppy Centre

To reduce the wait times for children accessing the West Moreton Health Specialist Behavioural Development Clinic, funding is provided to The Poppy Centre to provide rapid behavioural development assessments.

This service is for children aged 7 – 11 and ensures that children can be assessed and referred to the most suitable services faster.

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Making a Difference

Learn more about how Civic Assist (formerly METRO Care) are making a difference for youth in Toowoomba.

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Get Support

For more information, please contact:

Denise Pambid
Senior Manager - Program Development, Evaluation and Consumer Engagement
Phone: 07 3202 4433

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