Cranbourne Secondary College is one of many Victorian Secondary Schools that currently has the Doctors in Secondary Schools program running.
As part of this program, we are fortunate to have Dr Groves and practice nurse Anne Clancy from Headspace with us every Monday of the school term. They will be available to see students in the GP building (on school grounds), where they can provide free, primary health care for services, just as you would expect in the community.
We know that teenagers are the least likely of all age groups to seek health care, but we also know that many health problems that can have consequences into adulthood start at this time of life. This program seeks to address this issue.
You can support the success of this program by talking to your child about the program and encouraging them to access the doctor if they need primary health care.
The doctor will provide students with the same services as the kind normally provided by doctors in the community, including seeing students about their physical and mental health, and sexual and reproductive health issues. The doctor may also make referrals to other health services as required.
The doctor will bulk bill consultations through Medicare, so there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for this service for your child.
This program is not designed to replace any existing medical arrangements your child may have in place. The Doctor in Secondary School Program can provide a convenient alternative to primary care within schools hours, and encourage health care access to those students without an existing relationship with a doctor.
The program is intended to provide better access to primary care for secondary school students. Therefore, parents, carers, guardians and other family members are not able to use this service.
Generally, all students can make an appointment to see the doctor. Victorian law is clear on how and when students can consent for medical treatment by a doctor:
Mature minors are students under the age of 18 years who are deemed capable of seeking and obtaining health care for their particular medical issue. The doctor will assess if a student is a mature minor with respect to the issue for which they are seeking medical treatment at that appointment.
If the doctor considers your child is a mature minor, they may see them without you. The doctor will often encourage your child to involve you in their care, and doctors understand you are an important source of information and support for your child when it comes to their health. If the doctor thinks your child is not a mature minor, your consent will be sought if the student wishes to progress with the treatment.
More information on consent, confidentiality and medical treatment by a doctor is included in the information sheet, which is on the Doctors in Secondary Schools webpage at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspxt
Headspace act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with:
General Practitioner: Dr Groves
Nurse: Anne Clancy
Cranbourne Secondary College GP in School Program Administrator: Melissa Bannister
Dr Groves and Anne Clancy will also work collaboratively with the Student Wellbeing team with regard to referrals and more ongoing support (however importantly, all appointments are confidential which means all discussions will be kept private).
The doctor is at the school to help students be as healthy as possible. The doctor is a great place to start if you are is concerned or want help, information, or advice about any health issues including:
You can come to the wellbeing area in W Block and book an appointment with one of the team members. Nicola, Katherine, Gina, Graeme, Sarah or Melissa can assist them.