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(Australia) Geelong: High schools will get in-school doctors/nurses

Nov 15, 2017, (Australia) Geelong Advertiser: Three schools to get on-site medicos under State Government initiative http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/three-schools-to-get-onsite-medicos-under-state-government-initiative/news-story/b634d7c65e4351729602fb1063e7208a STUDENTS at a trio of Geelong secondary schools will have access to on site doctors as part of a new $43.8 million pilot health program. General practitioners will begin work at Geelong High, Newcomb Secondary and North Geelong Secondary this term as part of the statewide Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative. Doctors and nurses will attend the campus’ one day per week to help young people identify health problems early and reduce pressure on working parents. Western Victoria Primary Health Network chief executive Leanne Beagley said participating schools, students and their parents or carers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for the consultations. … “Students at North Geelong Secondary College, Geelong High School and Newcomb Secondary College will be able to see a GP on-site and get on top of health problems early, including mental health issues.” North Geelong principal Nick Adamou said the program, which has been running for three weeks, is a welcome addition to the school’s wellbeing support team. … “It’s been running for three weeks and is proving to be outstanding program. The doctor is occupied and the wellbeing team at the school is extremely happy,” he said. “We would like to believe that every high school would have such a service in the years to come.” The experienced, youth-friendly GPs and nurses, recruited by Western Victoria PHN, will work with student welfare teams to promote health and wellbeing within the school community. …