In 2022, Health Consumers NSW (HCNSW) in partnership with the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH) developed the Walking the Talk project. The aim of this project was to collaborate with a diverse range of young people (14-25) to gain insight into their experiences of engaging with the healthcare system, services, and organisations. Throughout this process, we also focused on young people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. We aimed to support young people to voice their thoughts, ideas, and opinions, and collaborate with them to make optimal youth engagement and health advocacy a reality.
A group of 24 young people was established, including young people with chronic illness and/or disability, LGBTQI+ young people, Indigenous young people, and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Levels of experience with the healthcare system varied across the group, offering a range of insights.