Three Ballarat Secondary schools To Get A Doctor

Ballarat students will have regular access to a doctor and the healthcare they need at school.

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the 100 schools taking part in the Doctors in Schools Program, with Ballarat Secondary College’s Mount Rowan campus, Mount Clear College and Phoenix P-12 Community College among the schools to get a GP under the scheme.

Participating schools will partner with local doctors who will visit the schools for up to one day a week, with students able to get referrals to specialists and the help they need before it affects their studies.

Half of the schools participating in the program are located in regional Victoria, where families often face barriers to accessing healthcare.

Work is now under way on recruitment and training, building consultation rooms at schools and establishing partnerships with local healthcare providers so the program can start rolling out next year.

The program will be rolled out progressively in the 100 schools around the state from term one, 2017.

The Labor Government provided $43.8 million for Doctors in Secondary Schools in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including $25.8 million for staff and operational costs and $18 million to build consultation rooms on school grounds. The list of 100 schools taking part is available at: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“I’m pleased that Ballarat is featuring strongly in the front line of this important program”

“Having a doctor at their school will give students reliable healthcare, reduce the pressure on working parents and GPs, and help the students identify and address their health concerns early.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight

“This great initiative from the Andrews Labor Government will make it easier for students to get healthcare from a local doctor.”