FULL LIST: 50 Queensland schools set to have GPs next year
GPs will be based at 50 schools throughout the state as part of a pilot program being introduced by the State Government.
Originally, the GP pilot program was designed to base GPs at 20 state secondary schools throughout the state.
But strong support from schools registering their interest to participate in this program led to the government expanding that list to 50.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the list of schools selected to participate in the program from May 2022.
“Every Queenslander deserves to be able to book a doctor’s appointment when they need one. But for many young people, getting in to see a GP is often difficult and expensive,” the Premier said.
“We know that one of the greatest barriers for many young people is the difficulty in finding a GP that bulk bills.
“This will make a difference for thousands of students throughout the state.
“The last 18 months have affected us all. Our students, in particular, have had to overcome great challenges throughout the pandemic. This has undoubtedly had an impact on their health and wellbeing.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners vice president Bruce Willett backs the idea.
“I think it's a great measure,” he said.
“It really acknowledges the importance of general practices in adolescent health and particularly adolescent mental health.”
Asked if removing doctors from their practices was detrimental to the community, Dr Willett said early intervention with young people would stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
“Look, there is an issue with medical manpower in rural areas. That is something the Royal Australian College is keen to work on,” Dr Willett said.
“The idea of getting them to understand the importance of establishing a relationship with a regular GP is really good.”
Education Minister Grace Grace said she expected all clinics to be up and running by May 2022.
“This initiative is part of the game-changing $100 million student wellbeing program which we announced at the last election,” she said.
“These schools are spread across the length and breadth of the state and I have no doubt the GP service will make a big difference to each and every one of them.
Ms Grace said the Government’s $100 million student wellbeing program was an important component of the Palaszczuk Government’s record $15.3 billion education budget.
“At the last election we committed to a wellbeing program, giving every student, in every state primary and secondary school, access to a health and wellbeing professional,” she said.
“It will see up to 464 additional psychologists and wellbeing professionals employed in Queensland schools over the next three years.
“Providing students with access to timely healthcare, at no cost to them or their families, will have a positive impact on students’ health, mental health and their readiness and ability to engage at school, and we want to ensure as many students as possible can benefit.”
Schools included in the program
- North Rockhampton State High School
- Sarina State High School
- Gladstone State High School
- Murgon State High School
- Charleville State High School
- Cunnamulla P-12 State School
- Tara Shire State College (P-12)
- Harristown State High School
- St George State High School
- Gordonvale State High School
- Trinity Bay State High School
- Ravenshoe P-12 State School
- Western Cape College (P-12)
- Bremer State High School
- Brisbane State High School
- Ipswich State High School
- Bracken Ridge State High School
- Ripley Valley State Secondary College
- Brisbane South State Secondary College
- The Gap State High School
- Milpera State High School
- Goodna Special School (P-12)
- Everton Park State High School
- Maryborough State High School
- Bundaberg North State High School
- Deception Bay State High School
- Dakabin State High School
- Morayfield State High School
- Burnside State High School
- Nambour State College (P-12)
- Redcliffe State High School
- Pine Rivers State High School
- Kilkivan State School (P-10)
- Heatley Secondary College
- Spinifex State College
- Woodridge State High School
- Currumbin Community Special School (P-12)
- Beaudesert State High School
- Mabel Park State High School
- Beenleigh State High School
- Shailer Park State High School
- Merrimac State High School
- Marsden State High School
- Park Ridge State High School
- Alexandra Hills State High School
- Helensvale State High School
- Wellington Point State High School
- Benowa State High School
- Loganlea State High School
- Varsity College (P-12)
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