Whittlesea Secondary College to get a doctor

Whittlesea Secondary College students will have regular access to a doctor and the healthcare they need at school under a new program from the Andrews Government.

The Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, today announced Whittlesea Secondary College was one of 100 schools taking part in the Doctors in Schools Program.

Participating schools will partner with local doctors who will be on site 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.

Ms Green said a quarter of the schools taking part in the program are located in Melbourne’s growth areas and urban fringe to help meet demand for services created by Victoria’s unprecedented population growth.

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

“We all know that happy, healthy and resilient students learn better, stay in school longer and achieve more,” she said.

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 this year’s budget, including $25.8 million for staff and operational costs and $18 million to build consultation rooms on school grounds.