Students at Red Cliffs Secondary College and Shepparton High School will soon have access to the healthcare they need thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp today announced that the Doctors in Secondary Schools program in Red Cliffs Secondary College and Shepparton High School will commence from Term 3 2017.
The Doctors in Secondary Schools program will enable students to access the support they need early on before health problems affect their studies, including referrals to specialists.
The Australian-first program will help tackle barriers preventing young Victorians from accessing healthcare, such as concerns about confidentiality, cost and not knowing where to go. 51 of the 100 participating schools will be in rural and regional areas, where accessing healthcare can be particularly challenging.
As is the case with all GPs in the community, Doctors will decide whether students are mature enough to consent to treatment or whether parent or carer consent is needed. The health information of young people will be confidential and managed according to law.
The program is being rolled out progressively around the State, with implementation starting in the first 20 schools from the first half of this year. The next 40 schools commence participation in the program from Term 3, 2017 and the final 40 from Term 1, 2018.
The Government has invested $43.8 million for the Doctors in Secondary Schools program, including $25.8 million to deliver the program and $18 million for the installation of consultation rooms on school grounds.
The Government is putting people first by making Victoria the Education State, and this means making sure every student is supported to be their best.
Families with children at Red Cliffs Secondary College can find further information about the program, as well as a fact sheet at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx.
Quotes attributable to member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp:
“We know adolescents have some of the lowest GP attendance rates, meaning many are missing out on the vital healthcare they need.”
This innovative program commencing at Red Cliffs Secondary College and Shepparton High School will help address barriers preventing students in Northern Victoria from seeing a doctor.”
“Students at Red Cliffs Secondary College and Shepparton High School will be able to see a GP on-site and get on top of health problems early, including mental health issues.”