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DOCTORS ON CAMPUS FOR BENDIGO STUDENTS

Friday, 16 February 2018

Students at Weeroona College Bendigo will join Victorian students across the state who have access to health advice, treatment and support thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s innovative Doctors in Secondary Schools program starting at the school from term 1. 


Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, spoke at Weeroona College’s swimming carnival to celebrate the launch of the program at the school. Weeroona College is one of the final 40 schools joining the program, bringing the total to 100 Victorian government schools now participating in the program. 


At Weeroona College Bendigo, GP consultations will be available up to one day a week, providing medical advice and health support to students, who will incur no out-of-pocket costs. Clinic services are delivered on school grounds in purpose-built, modern consultation rooms. 


The Doctors in Secondary Schools Program enables young people to get the health care they need, including referrals for further physical and mental health management where needed. 


Half of the schools participating in the program are located in regional Victoria, where families often face barriers to accessing healthcare for reasons including cost, transport and inconvenient appointment times. 

 

A further 25 schools are located in growth areas to help meet increasing demand for primary health services. 


The Labor 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. 


Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Bringing a GP on-site at Weeroona College Bendigo will help young people to identify and address their health concerns early, while reducing pressure on working families.”

“We don’t want our kids going to google for medical advice, this program gives them easier access to a doctor to get any help they need.” 

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