Doctors in Secondary Schools aims to provide equitable, accessible and professional primary health care services to young Victorians in secondary schools.
Current opportunities in our region include Melton Secondary College, Bacchus Marsh Secondary College and Manor Lakes P-12 College in Wyndham Vale. Find a list of all current opportunities here.
The program complements existing student wellbeing programs aimed at improving health literacy and encouraging preventive health. Its explicit objectives are to:
- make primary health care more accessible to students
- provide assistance to young people to identify and address any health problems early
- reduce the pressure on working parents and community-based GPs.
Who is involved?
As part of the program, 100 Victorian government secondary schools will have access to a GP trained in adolescent health, for up to one day per week. This service will be located onsite, as an in-reach service, providing medical advice and treatment to students enrolled in the participating school.
The program calls for a medical practice to nominate a general practitioner or eligible registrar to provide services in a ‘satellite clinic’ within the school for a period of four hours weekly. A practice nurse is also supported to spend a full day at the school.
Medical centres must be accredited against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Standards for General Practice. Practices that are accredited or registered for accreditation and committed to working with the school on an ongoing basis are encouraged to apply.
Practices are required to provide bulk-billing services for students, have a medical software program and have – or are willing to have – a clinical audit tool installed to record and report data.
The program requires GPs with:
- a medical degree and licence to practice in Australia
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration with no restriction on scope of practice
- experience working in a multidisciplinary team.
The program requires practice nurses with:
- AHPRA registration
- no restrictions on scope of practice in Australia.
If you are a GP, nurse or general practice interested in the Doctors in Secondary Schools program, complete this online expression of interest form.
To discuss your interest in the program or ask questions about the EOI process, please contact Carlia (03) 9347 1188 by phone or email: email@example.com
Find out more on our website here.