QRious Health Hub

Check out the links under each of the tabs to find information about how to maintain a healthy body and mind while living with a chronic condition.

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Resources

Centrelink payment and service finder

An online tool to see what services and payments you might be eligible for from Centrelink.

Getting a Medicare card

You will be covered by your family’s Medicare card until you move out of home however you can apply for your own card once you turn 15 years of age.

There is no cost to apply for a card and it is handy to have one of your own if you have appointments and your parent/carer is not attending. This website outlines the eligibility requirements for a Medicare card and how to apply for one.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

The government helps pay for many prescription medications by subsidising them through the PBS. To be eligible you have to provide your Medicare card to the pharmacist when you have a prescription filled. There is usually a cost that you have to pay for the medication, how much depends on whether you have a Health Care card. If you are taking lots of medications, once you reach the Safety Net Threshold, you will be entitled to a Safety Net Concession card which will reduce the cost of medications. Speak to your pharmacist about keeping a record of your costs.

Transition to the Independent Living Allowance

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a one-off payment of up to $1,500 to help eligible young people cover some basic costs as they leave out-of-home care.

School leavers kit

Resources about student payments to share with school leavers, other students and their families.

Transition to adult services

My Health in My Hands

My Health in My Hands is an animation aimed at young people to aid in understanding how to engage with health care. 

Teenagers with chronic health conditions: moving to adult care - Raising Children

Raising Children provides free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information on topics for all ages, backed by Australian experts.

Transitioning from paediatric to adult health care - Cystic Fibrosis WA

Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia provides information for young people who will be transitioning to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospitals for ongoing management of the CF.

Disability support

Youth Disability Advocacy Network

Dedicated young people advocating for the rights and inclusion of all young people living with disabilities in Western Australia.

Livewire

A free online community connecting teens living with illness or disability, and their siblings, in Australia or New Zealand.

Commissioner for Children and Young People

For young people with a disability to find information, resources and support so they are able to play a positive and fulfilling role in their community.

Health Care Card and Disability Support

As an adolescent with a medical condition you may be eligible for a Health Care Card. This will allow you to receive concessions on medications, medical appointments, transport costs and other possible benefits. You may also be eligible for other allowances such as a Disability Support Pension once you turn 16 years of age. This website provides information about the eligibility criteria and other supports that might be available to you.

Developmental Disability WA

Developmental Disability WA aims to enhance quality of life for people with developmental disability and their families.

Approaching 16 resource

This Developmental Disability WA guide aims to inform young people and their carers/families about the administrative transitions that occur as you become an adult from ages 14 to 18.

SECCA

Relationship and sexual health education for people with disabilities.

Mental health

Headspace

An organisation with many ways to support a young person’s mental health and help them navigate life’s challenges.

Youth Focus

Delivers frontline services and education programs which aim to reduce symptoms associated with suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm, and help build long-term mental well being.

Kids Helpline

Free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years.

Reachout

A safe place where young people can chat online anonymously, get judgement-free support and build resilience to manage current and future challenges.

Beyond Blue

Online mental health support where anyone can learn about mental health, do a mental health check in, find a mental health professional to talk to and connect with, or read about others who are going through similar things.

Better Access Initiative

With a referral from a GP, the Better Access Initiative gives Medicare rebates to help young people access the mental health services they need.

BRAVE Program

BRAVE is a fun, easy to use, evidence-based program designed for children and teens who want to learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve their mood—and there’s help for parents too.

The BRAVE Program will help you (and your parent or carer) identify, understand, and change your worried thoughts and behaviour patterns, so you can improve the way you feel.

Download our guide to mental health apps

Chronic conditions

About Crohn’s and colitis – Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) (crohnsandcolitis.org.au)

Provides information, support and advocacy for people suffering with Crohn’s Disease or IBD.

CreakyJoints Australia

Provides reliable information, support and advocacy for people with arthritis and their families.

Peer & Family Support - SCIA

A peer support program for young people with newly acquired spinal cord injuries.

Autism Association of WA

Autism Association of WA provides resources created to assist individuals with Autism accessing medical services. 

Autistic not Weird

Autistic not Weird provides insights for autistic teenagers from an autistic teacher, author and speaker.

Cystic Fibrosis WA 

Cystic Fibrosis WA provides lots of support and information to support young people living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Asthma Australia

Asthma Australia has information for young people with asthma (12 to 24 years). 

Livewire

A free online community connecting teens living with illness or disability, and their siblings, in Australia or New Zealand.

Legal information and support

Youth Law Australia

Youth Law Australia provides free confidential legal information and help for young people under 25 years. It also provides information on your health care rights when you see the doctor.  

LGBTQI

QLife

QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex. 

The National LGBTI Health Alliance

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.

Transfolk of WA

Transfolk of WA is a support service for all transgender people and their loved ones in Western Australia. The organisation provides accessible safe spaces where members can expect dynamic peer support.

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex, queer and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people.

M Clinic 

M Clinic provides free, confidential, non-judgemental STI/BBV testing and treatment exclusively to men who have sex with men and Trans People and Non-Binary People who have sex with each other.

GRAI

GRAI are a voluntary group that works to enhance the quality of life for GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, intersex) elders, focusing on improving GLBTI awareness in aged care services (both residential and community care).

Minus18

Minus18 is Australia’s largest youth-led network for LGBTQIA+ young people.

The Freedom Centre

The Freedom Centre is a safe space for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people to hang out and access information about mental health, sexuality and more.

Sexual health

Get The Facts

Get The Facts presents information for young people about sexual health and relationships, including puberty, body image, tattoos, piercings, sex and sexually transmissible infections, contraception, consent, pornography and more.

Could I Have It?

All you need to know about STIs, including where you can go for help and free online testing. 

Visit this page for informative STI facts.

The Line

The Line talks about relationships, gender, sex, bystander action and technology including how to keep it healthy and respectful for teens, parents and teachers.

Cervical screenings - Healthy WA

Frequently asked questions about the Renewal and transitioning to the renewed cervical program.

Sexual Health Quarters

Educating, informing and empowering people to enjoy sexual health and relationship wellbeing.

Healthy Male

Healthy Male provides information on male reproductive health and common problems including infertility, erectile dysfunction, androgen deficiency and testicular cancer.

Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health Clinic

Information about the Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health clinic.

South Terrace Sexual Health Clinic

Information about the South Terrace Sexual Health clinic.

The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)

The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) provides a 24-hour emergency service in metropolitan Perth. 

Our Watch

Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children.

1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is a national sexual assault and domestic violence online counselling service.

Indigenous services

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service is an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation.

WellMob Social

WellMob Social, emotional and cultural wellbeing online resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. 

R U OK?

A campaign about checking in when someone doesn't seem 'ok'. It has many resources including a conversation guide and posters, as well as personal stories.

Yarn Safe

Yarn Safe an indigenous resource supported by headspace promoting reducing shame associated with talking about problems. 

Young Deadly Free

Young Deadly Free resources designed for Aboriginal communities in syphilis outbreak areas (and the health professionals and educators working in these areas). Includes information on STIs and BBVs. 

Healthy WA

Healthy WA information on the youth services for Aboriginal people in Perth Metro area.

Alcohol and other drugs

Make Smoking History

Make Smoking History has resources to reduce and prevent tobacco use among young people.

Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS)

Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS) is a free and confidential service which provides access to alcohol and drug services.

SHIFT Youth AOD Outreach Service

SHIFT Youth AOD Outreach Service provide casework support for young people experiencing alcohol and other drug issues.

Your Room | NSW Health and the Alcohol and Drug Information Service

Drug and alcohol education and useful tools.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is Australia’s leading organisation committed to inspiring positive change and delivering evidence-based approaches to minimise alcohol and drug harm.

Activity and exercise

LiveLighter

LiveLighter program engages young people through social media and digital platforms with tools and resources on environmental changes to make healthy living choices. 

Department of Health and Aged Care

The Federal Health department's physical activity and exercise guidelines for children and young people aged 5 to 17 years.

Healthdirect

Expert advice on how children can exercise safely. 

School and Jobs

Communicare

Communicare helps young people and early school leavers become work ready; assisting them to understanding the expectations, attitudes and behaviours of the workplace. 

Jobs and Skills WA

What's your dream job, or future career? Explore our industry areas to see the exciting range of occupations they offer, and find out what courses can get you there.

Young People | eSafety Commissioner

Social media education and resources.

Student Edge

Student Edge is a place where students go to manage their digital profile with a Passport that opens doors. Student Edge provides young people with on-demand courses to learn practical life skills, as well as access to job opportunities and deals, comps, surveys, student articles and free resources to take the edge off study.

Bullying No Way

Supporting Australian young people and school communities with evidence-informed resources and activities for a proactive approach to bullying prevention and education.

Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute has a range of school-based presentations designed to better equip students, parents and carers with the knowledge and resources to actively understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Education Department - Pathways to University

Senior school students can choose from a wide range of pathways to university, training and employment to meet their interests, skills, needs and aspirations.

myfuture

myfuture provides resources to explore career pathways and tools to develop self-knowledge to help with career decision-making.

School refusal

Raising Children Network resources for when it's very upsetting to go to school, and/or you won’t or can’t go.

Homelessness

Ruah Community Services

Ruah helps vulnerable and disadvantaged people navigate the trauma of homelessness, domestic violence and the stigma of living with chronic mental health challenges.

Passages Youth Engagement Hub

Passages is a Youth Engagement Hub providing a non-judgemental safe space to young people in Perth and Peel. Young people aged 12 to 25 years have a safe, friendly and positive place to access support and referrals to essential services. Passages is very often the first step off the street for young people.

360 Street Doctor

360 Street Doctor is a mobile GP clinic aiming to improve the health & wellbeing of homeless, transient & disadvantaged people in identified suburbs around Perth. An easily accessible, non-judgemental health service, the 360 Street Doctor works closely with other community services to engage with people that may be unwilling or unable to access traditional health services.

For parents

Reach Out

For more than 20 years, ReachOut has been helping young people access support as they experience mental health challenges. They have a range of resources and services specifically created for parents and carers.

Parenting Connection

Parenting Connection WA (PCWA) supports WA parents and caregivers with children from birth to 18 years with the provision of locally relevant, FREE and inclusive workshops, groups, one-on-one consultations and information.

School refusal: children and teenagers

Raising Children Network resources for when children and young people get very upset about going to school, and/or won’t or can’t go.