20 Dec 2015

Youth health service's future uncertain

4:08 pm on 20 December 2015

A free health service for young people in central Auckland says it needs to secure ongoing funding to survive.

Youthline Health Services

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The weekly service, which was launched in May, targets those under the age of 25 who don't normally access health services because they can't get to them or can't afford them.

Youth workers bring people to their appointments and help with prescription costs.

Youthline business systems and development manager Shae Ronald said they've had some success stories, including a 19-year-old who was experiencing some unusual movement down one side of his body.

After visiting the service, he was referred to a neurologist and put on medication.

Miss Ronald said they had funding for a year but would like to secure more permanent funding and extend the service.