What is the Doctor in School Program? A program where local doctors come to the school to ensure our young people are getting the health support, advice and treatment they need so they can reach their full potential. The program is dedicated to supporting the existing general practice clinics in the Castlemaine community.
Why do we have doctors in the school?
So that all young people in our school community have easy access to health care
To encourage the development of health independence through the teen years
To encourage our young people to identify and address any health problems early, and
To help our young people build a healthy relationship with the medical profession that will continue for a lifetime.
Who are the Doctors? Dr Louisa Hope and Dr Richard Mayes attend the school alternating each fortnight. Both doctors have a special interest in the health and wellbeing of young people.
When is it on? Every second Thursday afternoon, 1pm – 3pm
Who can go to see the doctors? Any student
What can I go to see the doctor for? Any physical, emotional or sexual issue that you would normally go to see a doctor for
How much does it cost? There is no cost. The appointments are Bulk-Billed.
Is it confidential? Information/ medical records are not shared with the school and are kept off site.
Health care providers such as doctors, nurses and counsellors are ethically bound to respect confidentiality and details will not be discussed with teachers or parents. The consultations are confidential unless there is concern about the safety of the student (risk of suicide or at risk of harm from others) or a danger to others. Exactly the same as it is for all doctor clinics.
How do I make an appointment?
Students can refer themselves (self-refer) or on their behalf, and with their consent, by parents, the school nurse, the wellbeing team, and teachers.
Bookings are made through the School nurse, Alli Williams, who can be contacted via mobile on 0457516931, email: [email protected] or students can drop by the school nurse’s office on a Wednesday or Thursday
How quickly will I get in? Most clinics have been fully booked, however nearly always, you will get your appointment within the fortnight.
Can I take a friend? Yes, if you are more comfortable going with a friend, that is OK.
What do students say about the Program?
Students are saying that it is much easier for them, not having to phone, or get themselves to the clinics down the street, and are commenting on how comfortable it is to have the doctor in ‘our’ environment. Many of the students that have attended the clinic have been referred back to their own GPs, and to other health providers, offering them opportunities that they would have otherwise had more difficulty accessing.
What if I have more questions? Call the school or call Nurse Alli, 0457516931