Students in Red Cliffs Secondary College will soon have access to the healthcare they need thanks to the State Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp has announced that the Doctors in Secondary Schools program in Red Cliffs Secondary College will commence from Term 3 2017.

The Doctors in Secondary Schools program will enable students to access the support they need early on before health problems affect their studies, including referrals to specialists.

The Australian-first program will help tackle barriers preventing young Victorians from accessing healthcare, such as concerns about confidentiality, cost and not knowing where to go. 51 of the 100 participating schools will be in rural and regional areas, where accessing healthcare can be particularly challenging.

As is the case with all GPs in the community, Doctors will decide whether students are mature enough to consent to treatment or whether parent or carer consent is needed. The health information of young people will be confidential and managed according to law.

Families with children at Red Cliffs Secondary College can find further information about the program, as well as a fact sheet at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspx.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said  We know adolescents have some of the lowest GP attendance rates, meaning many are missing out on the vital healthcare they need.

“This innovative program commencing at Red Cliffs Secondary College will help address barriers preventing students in Northern Victoria from seeing a doctor,” he said.

“Students at Red Cliffs Secondary College will be able to see a GP on-site and get on top of health problems early, including mental health issues.”