Table 1

Trigger questions used for focus groups and interviews with young people, parents/carers and healthcare providers

Young peopleParent/carerHealthcare providers
  1. How important is health to you?

  2. What does it mean in your experience to be a healthy young person?

  3. How much control do you think you have over your health?

  4. What are the major factors that have a positive influence your health?

  5. What are the major factors that have a negative influence on your health?

  6. What are the most important things that could be done in your communities and families to improve the health and well-being of young people?

  7. What was important in making a transition from going to get healthcare with your parents versus going to get healthcare alone?

  8. What would make a healthcare service easier for young people to use?

  9. What makes healthcare services difficult for young people to use?

  10. Have you any experience with attending healthcare services as a young person?

  11. What kind of health services are you currently using (AMS and/or mainstream)?

  12. How comfortable are you going to these health services?

  13. What do you like about these health services (for AMS and mainstream separately if they go to both)?

  14. What do you not like about these health services (for AMS and mainstream separately if they go to both)?

  15. What things do you think would make services (AMS/mainstream) better or more comfortable for you?

  1. What does it mean in your experience for a young person to be healthy?

  2. How much control do you think young people have over the own health?

  3. What are the major factors that have a positive influence on the health of young people?

  4. What are the major factors that have a negative influence on the health of young people?

  5. What kind of health services is available to young people?

  6. What are the main health services young people are using?

  7. What do you like about these health services?

  8. What do you not like about these health services?

  9. What would make a healthcare service easier for young people to use?

  1. Do you think young people have specific health needs that are different from adults?

  2. Have you received any training in providing healthcare for adolescents?

  3. Do you know of or use any frameworks or practice guidelines for the care of adolescents?

  4. In general do you think your service provides accessible or appropriate healthcare for young people?

  5. What factors do you think are important in providing accessible and appropriate healthcare for young people?

  6. What do you think are the major barriers to young people accessing healthcare?

  7. What do you consider are the sorts of health issues are important in providing healthcare to young people?

  8. What are the values and attributes that are important for a healthcare provider to have when interacting in a clinical setting with young people?

  • AMS, Aboriginal Medical Service.