THE South Gippsland Hospital Youth Assist Clinic (YAC) has recently received a welcome funding boost with the generous donation of $2000 from the Rotary Club of Foster. Raised from the club’s wood raffle towards the end of 2014, these funds will go towards supporting the provision of an adolescent health nurse and mental health nurse at YAC.
YAC is now well embedded in the local community and is in its fourth year of operation. South Gippsland Hospital has partnered closely with the Foster Medical Clinic and South Gippsland Secondary College to ensure local youth receive the highest quality health care available. Currently YAC operates every Monday afternoon during school terms from the Foster War Memorial Hall and sees on average 12 young people per session for a variety of physical, sexual and mental health needs.
Community Health Manager at South Gippsland Hospital Samantha Park said: “YAC aims to improve life opportunities for the young people of Corner Inlet because adolescence, particularly in a rural environment, presents not only with many new prospects but also new risks. YAC is unique in Foster in focusing on adolescent health as a critical life stage. This includes assisting our young people to make informed health choices and to navigate the transition into adult life. We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the Rotary Club of Foster towards this important service.”