The Youth Health Unit has chosen to develop services that are appropriate for adolescents, using the criteria set out by the World Health Organization (Adolescent Friendly Health Services - An Agenda for Change.- WHO, 2003)
Its primary mission is to promote access to care for young people, particularly those who have difficulty navigating the healthcare system or who have difficulty finding a regular doctor. Care can be organized jointly with doctors in the community. The unit is for adolescents 12 years of age and older, and young adults up to the age of 25.
The Youth Health Unit's team is multidisciplinary. It includes primary care physicians, nurses, gynecologists and psychiatrists, all having had specific training in working with adolescents.
Because the physical and psychological upheavals of adolescence are closely linked, two psychiatrists are an integral part of the team, and offer close supervision for physicians, and provide opinions or specialist support.
The consultation area is low key.. Wait times to get an appointment are short. Consultation conditions are appropriate: consultations times are adjusted, families can be seen, easy access to specialist opinion, gynecology consultations are adapted.