Youth Friendly Doctor

Youth Friendly Doctor


Youth Friendly Doctor Registration Flyer 2016

Adolescence presents a challenging time for many young people. Their inexperience and propensity for risk-taking can result in unhealthy choices that can impact adversely on physical, mental and social well-being. Faced with a problem, many fail to seek help unless in crisis.

The AMA Foundation is committed to supporting young people through their adolescent years and has identified three principal areas of need. These are:

  • Successful engagement with young people around their own issues
  • Information and skills for young people that may help reduce risks to themselves and others
  • Improved access to primary health services

Two complementary programs have been developed. These are Dr YES, a preventative health information program for young people and Youth Friendly Doctor, a GP educational program designed to enhance competence and improve adolescent access to primary health care.

The Youth Friendly Doctor program seeks to build competency and capacity among doctors currently in practice in the development of adolescent friendly health care providers and the promotion of adolescent friendly policies, procedures and facilities. Training is delivered by a range of expert presenters from agencies providing specialist services to adolescents (legal, alcohol and drugs, eating disorders and sexual and mental health). This serves to promote a partnership approach in the provision of a seamless care pathway, further helping to break down barriers to effective health care.

Medical Practices

The Youth Friendly Doctor program consists of four modules comprising a range of workshops. To be accredited as a Youth Friendly Doctor, Doctors are required to complete two core workshops plus one elective workshop but many GPs complete all the modules that may also be used as credits towards the Diploma of Community Services – Youth Work and are also accredited by the RACGP attracting Category 1 and Category 2 CPD points.

Recommended For

All general practitioners and other medical professionals with an interest in youth health.

Added Benefits

Accredited Youth Friendly Doctors will receive a comprehensive resource kit and materials (including posters and stickers) to identify their practice as “Youth Friendly” to young people. In addition, Youth Friendly Doctors will be eligible to have their practice details listed on the AMA (WA) website.


Expressions of Interest should be completed using the AMA Training Registration form. Doctors will be contacted and provided with further information, including a comprehensive program and course notes.


Module 1 – Establishing Connections and Conducting Assessments with Young People

  • Workshop 1: Core: Young People, Ethics and the Law
  • Workshop 2: Social Media and the Internet: The Impact on Young People’s Wellbeing

Module 2 – Mental Health Disorders

  • Workshop 1: Mental Health Disorders: Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Workshop 2: Core: Mental Health Disorders: Psychosocial and

Module 3 – Risk Taking Behaviours and Harm Reductions Among Young People

  • Workshop1: Alcohol and Drug Use Among Young People
  • Workshop 2: Young People’s Sexual Health

Module 4 – Eating Disorders in Young People and Their Management

  • Workshop 1: Overweight and Obesity in Young People
  • Workshop 2: Eating Disorders in Young People

Please Note:

To be accredited as a Youth Friendly Doctor you will be required to complete both the core module workshops plus one of the elective module workshops.

For Example:

  • Core: Young People, Ethics and the Law and
  • Core: Mental Health Disorders: Psychosocial and Psychopharmacological Treatments


  • Young People’s Sexual Health

All YFD workshops are accredited by RACGP attracting Category 1 and 2 points. Module 2, 3 and 4 attract 40 Category 1 points if both workshops are completed within the module. If only one workshop is completed it will attract category 2 points. ACRRM points have been applied for.

All workshops will be held on a Tuesday evening at the AMA House – 14 Stirling Highway, Nedlands. Commencing at 6pm for 6.30pm start. Rural Doctors have the opportunity to log into the virtual on-line classroom.

FREE for AMA (WA) Members. $50 per workshop for non members

Continuing Professional Development (CPD points)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD points)

The AMA in Western Australia has been recognised by the Royal Australian College of General Practices as an accredited provider of GP training. All YFD workshops are accredited by the RACGP attracting category 1 and 2 points. Module 2, 3 and 4 attract 40 category 1 points if both workshops within the module are completed. Module 1 completed with Module 2, Workshop 2: Psychosocial will also attract 40 category 1 points when both workshops are completed.

Course Details

The Youth Friendly Doctor Training Program is offered at no cost to AMA Members. The general cost of course fees is based on funding support available. Please check at time of enrolment.

For more information, or to enrol in YFD Training, visit the YFD Training page.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for Youth Friendly Doctor training are:

  • Improved understanding of adolescent development
  • Up-to-date knowledge of specific youth health issues and trends
  • The ability to engage more effectively with adolescent patients and their parents, and manage challenging consultations
  • Improved knowledge of the ethical and legal issues that may affect consultations with young patients