Western Cape College is pleased to be one of 50 schools in Queensland who will have a GP in 2022. The program will commence in May 2022.
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.
Originally, the GP pilot program was designed to base GPs across 20 state secondary schools throughout the state. However, after the Queensland Department of Education was inundated with requests to participate, the program was expanded to 50.
Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk said the expanded trial would make a difference to thousands of students. “For many young people, getting in to see a GP is often difficult and expensive," she said.
“We know that one of the greatest barriers for many young people is the difficulty in finding a GP that bulk bills."
A fit-for-purpose clinic will be created on site at Western Cape College, with a doctor available one day a week for free consultations for students.
This along with Western Cape College successfully being allocated a full time psychologist for 2022 means a new level of support for our students into the future.