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YSAS COVID-19 Response

YSAS continues to deliver vital services for our clients despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.

We are closely following the advice of the Chief Health Officer and adapting our services as necessary to ensure our clients and staff are safe and supported while taking reasonable measures to slow the progression of COVID-19 in our community.

We are grateful for the stewardship of State and Federal Government, who have based their efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak on the advice of epidemiologists and medical experts. We support fully the adoption of effective public health measures such as social distancing and contact tracing. For example, all YSAS phones have the COVIDSafe App installed.  

In these difficult times, I am heartened by the response of our passionate staff who are determined to continue helping those in need of our services.

Finally, I thank the young people we work with, particularly those who are our trusted advisors, and our partners for their understanding and support as we respond to this unprecedented situation  —  together.

The latest from YSAS

Story  
08.02.2024

This opinion piece was featured on ABC Health & Wellbeing on 11 February 2023.

What if I told you I’d found a tablet that could make you sleep better, think clearer, concentrate longer, run faster, and help your immune system?

That doing one simple thing could bring such a…

Media Release  
07.02.2024

One week into the month-long national fundraiser febfast over 2,000 participants have signed up to take a break from alcohol, go sugar-free of give up another vice. In the midst of Australia’s cost-of-living crisis it’s never been a more important time to support charities experiencing the double pinch of…

Media Release  
31.01.2024

National fundraiser febfast has begun— where Aussies ditch booze, sugar or another vice to improve their health and raise funds for young people facing addiction.

To mark the beginning of febfast, CEO of VicHealth Dr Sandro Demaio is available to talk about the scientific health benefits…

Story  
30.01.2024

Official 2024 febfast Australia Ambassadors Sarah Bunnell and David Andrew from Naked Life Spirits share their secrets and tips for cutting back or switching sober for 29 days this February to raise funds for YSAS services and programs.

In the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant scene, amidst trendy…

Story  
25.01.2024

January 26 marks the beginning of colonisation in Australia, and for many First Nations people, it’s a day of mourning. YSAS staff can now choose to work on Australia Day in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and have a day off on a different day. Here’s why…

Media Release  
10.01.2024

Following the 8 drug-induced overdose critical incidents at Hardmission Festival in Melbourne on January 6, it’s clear that current punitive drug policy and policing practice has failed to keep young people who are using drugs safe from harm.

YSAS extends its condolences to those affected, their loved ones, first responders…

Media Release  
06.12.2023

With the year drawing to a close and silly season in full swing, Aussie’s are being encouraged to make a commitment in advance to kick a vice to the curb next Feb – with early registrations for febfast opening this week.

febfast is in its nineteenth year raising funds Australia’s…

Media Release  
29.11.2023

YSAS Youth Advocate Daniel Robinson Croft joined Legalise Cannabis Victoria MP’s Rachel Payne and David Ettershank, and Harm Reduction Victoria CEO Sione Crawford at State Parliament this morning in support of the Regulation of Personal Adult Use of Cannabis Bill ahead of its debate.