I am in Out of Home Care
Managing your health
What is a Health Management Plan?
Out of Home Care is a term used for children and young people 0 to 17 years old who are unable to live with their parents. You might live in long-term foster care, with a relative (kinship care), or in residential care.
In NSW, young people in statutory (meaning ordered by a court) Out of Home Care will normally have a Health Management Plan written by a health professional.
The plan is specific to you and includes:
- Details of your current health
- Your health needs
- A plan for how your health needs should be managed, including which health services can help and when your plan should be reviewed. Including how to get your vaccinations and proof of your COVID immunisation status.
If you need to visit a doctor, ideally, you will already know a doctor (GP) or have a regular doctor who you can go to. Having a regular doctor means that whenever a health issue comes up you can see someone you already know and trust.
Want to book a doctors appointment on your own?
If you don’t have a regular doctor, you can have talk to your carer, a youth worker, or your DCJ (Department of Communities and Justice) or NGO (Non-Government Organisation) caseworker and ask if they can help you access the right health service for you and set up a relationship with a doctor who you can see regularly.
You can also talk to a support worker or another adult that you trust.
If you want to book an appointment on your own the Visiting the Doctor page explains how to make an appointment, what you need to bring, and how to pay for the appointment (or use Medicare if you are eligible).
At a certain age you will start to take over managing your own health. This means you will be in charge of managing your health needs, like medication, doctor’s appointments, going to the dentist, or appointments with other healthcare providers.
The Create Foundation have information for young people in out of home care about visiting a doctor or dentist, and other health information that can be useful to you.
To learn more about different health topics that interest you, see Common Health Topics where there is lots of information on different areas of your health, including links to health services, resources, and support specifically for young people in NSW.
What supports are available?
Some areas have youth health services with health professionals who are experts in supporting young people to access the health system. Services are provided in a comfortable and relaxed, youth-friendly environment.? To find a local youth health service visit NSW Youth Health Services.
Each Local Health District has an Out of Home Care Health Pathway Coordinator for children and young people who live in statutory Out of Home Care. The Health Pathway Coordinator arranges for you to have a health assessment when you enter care or are getting ready to leave care.
They can help you to find health services that are right for you while you are in Out of Home Care, which is recorded in your Health Management Plan, and can help you manage your health needs as you transition out of care.
You can find a list of OOHC Health Pathway Coordinators here.
If you are in out of home care, or if you are leaving care, you can visit Child Story.
Child Story is a website for 15 to 25 year old’s who are currently in, or have been in, out of home care.
The Child Story website helps you to plan for your future, know your rights and access support, including support and planning for your health and access to health services.
You can also see the Supports and Services page for more online and over the phone health support.