Park Ridge State High School will receive a school-based GP in 2022 as part of the Queensland Government’s $100 million Student Wellbeing Package.
The Queensland Department of Education’s “GP’s in Schools” pilot program places doctors in 20 schools across the state to provide secondary students who may otherwise face barriers to healthcare with free and timely access to healthcare.
The school-based doctor would provide students with the majority of services that would be provided by a GP in the community, including management of physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health.
Park Ridge State High School deputy principal Craig McBrien said having a GP on-site would help to support the holistic wellbeing of their students within a school environment.
“At the school we pride ourselves on supporting students with their wellbeing,” he said.
“We know a student that’s healthy and of sound body and mind will be able to perform better in a school environment.”
Park Ridge State High School already provided a number of layers of support to students through their wellbeing hub, which consisted of two guidance officers, a youth support coordinator, and a chaplain.
“We have students with complex wellbeing issues here,” he said.
“We take a holistic approach to education; not just the academic side of things.”
Mr McBrien said the school aimed to provide students with the tools to become lifelong learners and to take ownership of their physical and mental health.
Park Ridge State High School has already made arrangements for a local doctor to commence at the school next year under the initiative.
The GP will be available to students on site for one full day a week.
Doctors appointments would be bulk billed, with state funding provided to set up GP clinics according to government requirements.