WayOut, based at Cobaw Community Health, is a state wide suicide prevention program that targets same sex attracted, bisexual and transgender young people in rural Victoria.
WayOut aims to raise awareness about the needs of same sex attracted and gender diverse (SSAGD) young people and the nature and effects of discrimination in regional, remote and rural communities.
Based in the Macedon Ranges Shire, WayOut’s mode of operation focuses on health promotion, community capacity building and development, youth participation, leadership and design. The model involves young people forming partnerships to implement change in their local communities.
WayOut provides a range of services including:
- Support to young individuals, their families and friends.
- Providing information sessions for professionals who work with young people – including teachers and health care professionals, youth services and community organisations across the State.
- Provide Youth Mental Health First Aid Training through the Rainbow Network and locally in partnership with Live4Life.
- Facilitating a youth group in the Macedon Ranges Shire.
- Works in partnership with the Macedon Ranges Shire Youth Unit to deliver Live4Life – mental health and wellbeing initiative in secondary schools across the Macedon Ranges Shire.
- WayOut supports the OUTthere, Rural Victorian Youth Council for Sexual Diversity. This council is the first of its type in Australia. It is facilitated by rural young people and provides them with an opportunity to advocate on a range of levels regarding issues that specifically affect rural young people.
WayOut is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health – as Part of the HEY Project.
HEY! Improving the quality of life for same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young Victorians.
The Healthy Equal Youth Project (HEY Project) is a four-year initiative (2012-15) to improve the mental health and quality of life for SSASGD young Victorians. The project is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and resources a unique coalition of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) organisations and mainstream youth and mental health services.
The Project provides funding to seven organisations in Victoria, each of which is responsible for providing a particular type of service to SSASGD young people. The seven agencies, and the different services they provide, are listed below. The project will help build the capacity of each of these organisations and increase the reach and quality of the services they provide to SSASGD young people. The HEY Project will also build links and joint initiatives among these seven agencies.
What this means in practice is that a SSASGD young person accessing one organisation will be given information on and links to the services provided by the remaining six organisations. For example, a young person accessing a local SSASGD youth support group will be provided with information on each of the other six organisations and the services they provide, including SSASGD social events, school-based anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia training, and information on their particular mental health and wellbeing needs. They will also be provided with information and contact details of SSASGD – sensitive, mainstream youth mental health services where appropriate.
At the same time, the HEY Project aims to provide links and referral pathways between the seven agencies and mainstream youth services, improving the capacity of these mainstream services to meet the particular mental health and wellbeing needs of SSASGD young people.
Program Contact Details
Phone: 03 5421 1666 or
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47 High Street, Kyneton
Young People aged 12-25 years of age and residing in rural/regional Victoria.
Availability / Times
Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm
Indicative Waiting Time
How to make a referral
Contact Cobaw Community Health 03 5421 1666
Referral can be made by:
- Self, family or other
- School welfare staff.
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Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.