Toolkits

  • 'Program evaluation: Laying the right foundations'

    Mental ill-health is the most common health issue affecting young people, with 75% of mental health issues having their onset before the age of 25 years. Whilst there are a range of evidence-based interventions and programs demonstrated to improve outcomes in young people with mental ill-health, it is a substantial challenge to implement them and maintain their quality in the ‘real world’. One way that we can improve the quality of mental health care provided to young people is to effectively make use of program evaluation.

  • 'Recruitment and retention of privately contracted allied health practitioners in youth mental health'

    This toolkit focusses on the growing privately contracted workforce in youth mental health and as such has three parts. It explores the factors influencing the recruitment and retention of privately contracted allied health practitioners, factors that may influence the service’s appeal to potential employees, and finally considers the strategies for creating a youth-friendly and welcoming environment. 

  • 'Supporting Youth Partnerships'

    Orygen’s Youth Partnerships in Research Toolkit was developed in partnership with members of the Youth Advisory and Youth Research Council to support people’s understanding of youth participation principles and practical ways to partner with young people in research.

  • 'Tips for providing a youth-friendly reception service'

    This toolkit provide an overview of environmental considerations for reception or entry areas in youth mental health services. It covers both the staff training and basic competencies, as well as the physical space and processes that young people and their families may encounter. It encourages simple changes to the space to make it welcoming to all people.

  • 'What is trauma-informed care and how can I help implement it in my organisation?'

    Trauma-informed care is often defined as a set of principles and can seem conceptual rather than practical. Consequently, it may be difficult to visualise what trauma-informed care looks like in practice or what it means to individual organisations. This tool kit will help you put the core concepts and principles of trauma-informed care into practice in accordance with your organisational values, needs, and service structure.

  • 'Youth peer work'

    A peer worker provides emotional and social support to others with whom they share a common experience. They focus on building a mutual relationship that fosters hope and optimism. By being able to provide genuine examples of overcoming adversities in their own journeys, peer workers can inspire empowerment and self-determination. Peer work aims to support recovery of a person’s whole life, inclusive of personal passions, social interactions, study and work.