The State Government has announced GPs will soon be based at dozens of high schools across Queensland in a bid to make it easier for students to access healthcare.
Over the next few months, fit-for-purpose clinics will be set up at 50 schools, enabling doctors to provide free consultations to students one day per week.
Five high schools on the Gold Coast have been chosen to take part in the program, including Helensvale State High School, Benowa State High School, Varsity College, Merrimac State High School and Currumbin Community Special School.
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“Providing students with access to timely healthcare will have a positive impact on their physical and mental health, and improve their readiness and ability to engage at school,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“Students will be able to have consultations with a GP at no cost to them or their families”.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the initiative is part of the Government’s “$100 million student wellbeing program”.
“It will see up to 464 additional psychologists and wellbeing professionals employed in Queensland schools over the next three years,” she said.
It is anticipated that the GP clinics will be up and running at all of the selected schools by May 2022.
Full list of Queensland Schools taking part: