Doctors in Secondary Schools: Seeking expressions of interest from General Practices

12 December, 2017

Helping young people access health care 

The Victorian Government is making sure young people are receiving the health support, advice and treatment they need to reach their full potential. The $4.8 million Doctors in Secondary School initiative is delivering on the government’s election commitment to fund general practitioners (GPs) to provide medical advice and health care to those students most in need. 

What is the Doctors in Secondary Schools program? 

The Doctors in Secondary Schools program will provide funding for up to 100 Victorian Government secondary schools in need, to have an adolescent health trained GP attend once a week to provide medical advice and health care to its students. 

EMPHN has a total of 11 schools in the catchment that have been successful in obtaining funding for this program (Knox 3, Yarra Ranges 3, Whittlesea 2, Maroondah 2 and Mitchell 1). The program will have a staggered rollout with GP services commencing in one of three tranches. The Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 schools in EMPHN PHN region have commenced. Tranche 3 schools will commence in term 1, 2018.                  

EMPHN would like to hear from GP practices in the Croydon and surrounding areas who would be interested in providing general practice services for the Doctors in Secondary School program. 

GP practices will need to: 

  • provide capacity for one session (four hours) per week during terms 
  • provide GP’s/registrars (ideally male and female) and a practice nurse 
  •  have an interest in youth health
  • be computer literate
  • be willing to undergo fully subsidised training 

GP Practices will be:  

  • provided with a purpose built facility fully fitted out within RACGP guidelines 
  • remunerated via Medicare with bulk billed consultations with a minimum capped remuneration of $150 per hour + GST. Practice nurse hours remunerated plus 18% on costs.   

For more information or to register your interest please email Marianne Webb on marianne.webb@emphn.org.au or call 9046 0348