Youth Committee Members of the 2021 Menzies Youth Health Summit accepted an invitation to meet NT Government Ministers Lauren Moss and Eva Lawler at Parliament House on Wednesday 6 October 2021.

The round-table discussion covered a range of topics, including concerns over mental health, ensuring easy access to adequate services; and facing the challenges of climate change.

The discussion also covered the importance of young people being supported, informed, and engaged with skilled health workers, teachers, support staff, parents, and carers.

Youth Health Summit project coordinator Josie Povey said it’s important that young Territorians have their voices heard.

“We’d like to thank Ministers Lauren Moss and Eva Lawler, for inviting our Youth Health Summit – Youth Committee members to parliament house. It was great to share and talk about the health priorities and demands identified by young people throughout the summit, these being: mental health, access to health care, sexual health; and the environment,” Josie said.

This year’s Youth Health Summit was held in August, where panel discussions and workshop sessions took place in online forums because of a snap COVID-19 lockdown. A series of 15 podcasts were developed and distributed involving young people, health experts, researchers and elders who discussed issues affecting young people in the NT and their hopes for a better future.

The findings of the summit aim to inform researchers, service providers and policy makers about issues important to young Territorians.

All summit resources are available here -