Secondary school students from Mount Clear College continue to benefit from receiving the right care, in the right place, at the right time from a GP and nurse attending their school since the program received a funding boost from the Victorian Government in July.
The Victorian Government has partnered with Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) in the delivery of its $43.8 million Doctors in Secondary Schools pilot program to make sure young people receive the health support, advice and treatment they need to reach their full potential.
"We know young people have some of the lowest GP attendance rates, meaning many are missing out on vital healthcare support. Students at Mount Clear College have been able to see a GP on-site and get on top of health problems early, including mental health issues,” said Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard.
Western Victoria PHN CEO, Dr Leanne Beagley said the GP and nurse attend Mount Clear College one day each week to help young people identify health problems early and reduce pressure on working parents.
“Mount Clear College, students and their parents, guardians or carers don’t incur any out-of-pocket expenses for consultations with the GP.
“This service empowers students to take responsibility for their health care and provides them with an experience of building a relationship with a GP,” said Dr Beagley.
Ballarat Community Health (BCH), responsible for the local administration of the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program at Mount Clear College, CEO Robyn Reeves said they are pleased that the Program can continue in the school thanks to this funding boost.
“BCH have enjoyed working closely with Mount Clear College to deliver the Doctors in Secondary Schools pilot program, which is improving access to health care for young people in the community,” said Ms Reeves.
Mount Clear College’s GP Dr Vila said they were fully booked each week and that students were appreciating the opportunity to take responsibility for their own health.
More schools in the western Victoria district will come on board in Term 1 of 2018.