The Victorian Government is making sure young people are getting the health support, advice and treatment they need so they can reach their full potential. The $43.8 million Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative is delivering on the Victorian Government’s election commitment to fund general practitioners to provide medical advice and health care to those students most in need up to one day a week in 100 Victorian government secondary schools.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Make primary health care more accessible to students
- Provide support to young people through the early identification of health problems
- Reduce the pressure on working families.
This initiative will also provide modern, fit-for-purpose consulting rooms in schools. All secondary school students who are enrolled in a participating school will be able to access a GP, subject to providing the required consent for the services. Participating schools, students and their parents/carers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for consultations with the GP. Participating schools will receive funding to enable staff to support program coordination and relevant school staff will receive training in adolescent health and program implementation.
To find out more download the DiSS Operational Guidelines
Telepsychiatry Case Mentoring Webinar Sessions
The University of Melbourne has partnered with the headspace Telepsychiatry Service to provide access to case mentoring, for the Doctors in Secondary Schools clinical teams. This opportunity will provide access to advice regarding mental health clinical management strategies and self-care approaches in difficult cases from an experienced child and adolescent psychiatrist, Associate Professor Sandra Radovini.
These sessions are available for DiSS General Practitioners or Practice Nurses to access as needed, however it is advised to book early if you want to be certain to secure a place.
Download the DiSS Telepsychiatry Case Mentoring Info Flyer.