Cracking the code of youth friendly medicine

If YOU have ever encountered a teenager in ‘mute mode’, you know just how frustrating it can be to ‘crack the code’ and win their trust.

However, according to a South Australian GP training program, a few simple changes may be all that is required to help create a dynamic atmosphere, where struggling young people are comfortable enough to open up. That’s the premise of HeadStart, a program aimed at upskilling GPs to better assess and manage mental health issues in teens.

So far, 100 doctors have been through the seven-hour program, which uses a practical approach to help make general practices more ‘youth friendly’.

The process may initially involve surveying the medical practice itself to ensure that the décor is appropriate. This includes making a conscious effort to include posters aimed at teenagers, and not just showing pictures of elderly patients getting flu shots, according to Associate

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