Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

Consumer and Community Engagement

Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

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WCHN decision-making is made with children and young people, especially when those decisions have an impact on their wellness, wellbeing, resiliency, health and recovery. Children and young people have an important role to play in community engagement and ideas, which we are encumbered to tune into. With the support of the YAG and Kids Klub a real difference in participation is occurring where decisions on the important stuff is made with children and young people. By respecting, developmental milestones (influenced by biological, psychological and social factors) our two peak groups are underpinned by developmental competence principles. In short, we recognize that the interpretation, application and conceptualization of data and ideas for children and young people are different to adults. Children and young people respond to a diversity of social cues and it our responsibility to make sure they have a supported seat at the decision-making table.

Focus Area

YAG members provide comment, ideas and research on areas relating to child and youth health. They focus on resiliency, recovery, wellbeing, wellness and health. They are the peak child and youth body for South Australia with expertise through experience as previous patients, carers, siblings or friends of patients accessing a service within the Women's and Children's Health Network.


YAG is committed to developing a healthy and resilient health system for children and young people designed in partnership with children and young people.


  • “We are consulting on issues that matter to child and youth health and wellbeing”.
  • “Nothing about youth health consumers and carers without youth health consumers and carers”

What they do

  • Meet monthly to raise issues, ideas and solutions to problems that contribute to the promotion of a healthy and resilient health system for children and young people.
  • Make recommendations and suggestions of ways to enhance the quality and quantity of health services, procedures, policies, programs and practices that affect children and young people in South Australia.
  • Inform the hospital and health network executive, staff, clinicians and other hospital employees of the work of the committee.
  • Provide a platform for children and young people to participate in democractic decision making and develop scholastic and vocational skills.
  • Apply their lived experience to quality based audits.
  • Advocate and adjust organsational responses to development making to ensure children and young people are included.
  • Run health promotion programs and activities to support the mission of the YAG.

What is the YAG?

Chaired by a young person from the Network, this is the peak body for youth and children for the Network. The group meets quarterly and operates as a consultative group, comprised of 20 young people aged 12-25. Young people lend their advice, opinions and lived experience to influence better health outcomes.

The group has a yearly activity plan. Every three months the group rigorously audits a service in the Hospital, reviewing the service's ability to deliver safe, quality and comfortable care to teens and children. The Network is proud to collaborate authentically with young people from across all divisions to ensure youth are empowered to make change.

The group meets on the last Monday of every month from 3:30 – 5:00pm at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Every school holidays a large campfire is held for four hours where members meet with network staff and community leaders.

The Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation provide support for the group.

Current Membership

The YAG is chaired by Jason and there are 21 members aged from 13 years – 21 years of age. The average age is around 16 years.

Forms and documents

PDF iconTerms of Reference – For Kids (61kb)

PDF iconYAG Membership Application Form (205kb)

PDF iconConsent for participation in Youth Advisory Group (778kb)

PDF iconPoster calling for Youth Advisory Group members (1.5mb)

PDF iconYouth Advisory Group decision-making model (553kb)


Read the current year in review to find out about our achievements. Some of our highlights have been:

  • Young Parent Campfire (2018) to learn about experiences of our young parents
  • Ask me to explain campaign in Emergency Department
  • WCHN Child and Youth Engagement Framework
  • Youth Guide to Places and Spaces: PDF iconview the guide (2.8mb), WCH page link iconsee the video
  • Café Refurbishment in WCH
  • Writing of Adolescent Transition documents
  • First ever youth health conference by young people for young people
  • Neurology Clinic Waiting Area Refurbishment
  • Shared Decision Making Booklet. PDF iconView the guide (2.8mb)
  • Pedatric Emergency videos, web information and passport.WCH page link iconView Information

Each year the Youth Advisory Group evaluates its impact. Yearly updates can be found by clicking on the links:

PDF iconConsumer and Community Engagement Summary 2016 (5.4mb)

How to get involved

If you are aged 12-25 or know of someone aged 12-25, why not consider being involved? Contact the Director of Consumer and Community Engagement.

Youth Health Pledge

To help share the decision-making with our children and young people, on April 3rd 2017 the Youth Advisory Group launched a pledge.

Word iconWCHN Youth Health Pledge (PowerPoint - 1mb)

WCHN Staff will T.U.N.E in and connect with children and young people's care needs by:

  • treating children and young people as individuals
  • understanding that their illness is not their only concern
  • nourishing their need to be heard
  • equally sharing decisions.

Young Parents

The Youth Advisory Group in partnership with WCHN services like My Health are committed to reducing the stigma and discrimination of young parents in South Australia.  In 2017 the YAG recommended a young parents roundtable, triggered by a cluster of feedback reports.  In 2018/9 a community consultation will be created to raise awareness of the stories underpinning young parents.

PDF iconMY Health Young Parents Guide (3.4mb)

Approaches to Youth Participation

The list of resources below outlines key principles for child and youth participation and engagement. The WCHN Kids Klub and Youth Advisory Group operations and methodologies are underpinned by the WCH Child and Youth Engagement Framework. To request your copy please contact the Director Consumer and Community Engagement.

PDF iconChildren's Voices - A principled framework for children and young
      people's participation as valued citizens and learners
      (The Council for the Care of Children, SA)

Citizen me! (NSW Advocate for Children and Young People)

PDF iconConsulting Young People About Their Ideas and Opinions  (1.1mb)
       (Youth Affairs Council of Victoria)

PDF iconCreating Change in Your Community (1.0mb)
       (Youth Affairs Council of Victoria)


last modified: 16 Mar 2018