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(Australia) Victoria: Program seeks to have GP in very school; 40% of cases are for mental health

Feb 11, 2018, (Australia) Victoria, Border Mail: Rutherglen high joins Victorian Doctors in Schools Program http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5219381/doctors-in-schools-have-flow-on-benefits/ STUDENTS at Rutherglen High School will be able to access a GP on campus thanks to the Doctors in Schools program. … The program, which began in 2017, seeks to have GPs available in every Victorian school by the end of the year. … “In our modern life, many kids come from single parent families, or families where both parents work, so for them to be able to access the service without parents having to take an afternoon or a day off work is really important.” Equally crucial are the kinds of services available – Mr Rogers said research had shown as many as 40 per cent of students across the state had used the program to seek treatment for mental health issues. “My understanding is that around the state, in the schools that have been in the program longer than us, is that up to 40 per cent of the appointments are about kids experiencing mental health issues, anxiety and depression,” he said. …