DOCTORS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS UNDER LABOR

An Andrews Labor Government will ensure students at 100 secondary schools in
disadvantaged areas receive comprehensive primary health care from a general practitioner.

The $42.6 million pilot program will ensure young adults are getting the support, advice and treatment they need.

The successful model was pioneered by Wellington Secondary College’s ‘Wellbeing Centre’, where a local GP attends the school one day a week and bulk bills students using their own Medicare cards.

Under Labor’s plan, funding will support a leading teacher to co-ordinate the program and form partnerships with local GPs. Funding will also deliver modern, fit-for-purpose rooms where necessary.

Interested schools would bid to host the pilot program and 100 will be chosen based on
students’ need and the viability of partnerships with local GPs and other doctors and health professionals.

David Finnerty, Principal of Hampton Park Secondary College said that he would welcome the opportunity to be one of the schools hosting the program.

“This announcement is fantastic news and we would be more than happy to host the program for our students.”

Ms Graley said that the program would not only ensure our young people get the health care they deserve but also make life easier for their families.

“We know that parents are working longer hours than ever before and it is often very difficult to find the time to get to the doctors on a regular basis,”

 “Providing health care and advice at school will ease that burden on hard working parents and make the whole process so much easier for students,”

“Our young people deserve the very best support and care we can provide, they deserve to be put first and that’s exactly what Labor will do.”