About Us

Orygen Youth Health (OYH) provides specialist mental health services for young people aged 15 to 24 who reside in the western and northern regions of Melbourne. In 2016, approximately 200,000 young people aged 15-24 years lived in the OYH catchment area of North West Melbourne.

OYH’s focus is on providing early intervention to young people with severe and complex mental illness. It provides services to approximately 1000 young people each year (from the more than 4,000 young people who are referred). OYH also works alongside Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health which operates four primary mental health care headspace services in the catchment area.

Multidisciplinary teams deliver individually tailored services that comprise assessment and crisis intervention, case management, medication, psychotherapy, family support, inpatient care, group work, vocational support, educational assistance, and intensive outreach. There is also a forensic youth mental health stream under development.

The OYH clinical program is comprised of three parts:

  • Acute services (including a 16-bed inpatient unit).
  • Continuing care - offer specialist interventions for psychotic disorders (including young people at ‘ultra-high risk’ of psychosis), mood disorders, and personality disorders; and also manage the co-morbid substance use disorders, eating disorders, and neurodevelopment disorders experienced by many young people, and psychosocial recovery.
  • Psychosocial recovery.

The OYH community development program provides training and secondary consultation to improve the understanding of youth mental health in the community, and promotes the capacity of services to support young people in the community.