Doctors in Secondary Schools


This initiative funds general practitioners (GPs) to attend Melba College up to one day a week.

 

The GP, Dr. Tereza Rada provide medical advice and health care to those students most in need.

 

The objectives of the program are to:

  • make primary health care more accessible to students
  • provide assistance to young people to identify and address any health problems early
  • reduce the pressure on working parents.

 

All Melba College students enrolled are able to access an adolescent-health trained GP, subject to providing the required consent for the services.

 

Students and their parents/carers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for student consultations with the GP.

 

 

Melba Medical Centre     

 

 

 

Consent and confidentiality policy

The program’s consent and confidentiality policy was developed in consultation with experts including: the Australian Medical Association, the Australian Education Union, Parents Victoria and the Victorian Association of Secondary School Principals.

Consistent with Australian common law, the program recognises that:

  • any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to book an appointment
  • the GP will decide whether the young person is mature enough to consent to medical treatment or whether parent/carer consent is needed - as is the case with all GPs in the community
  • the right for a young person’s health information to be kept confidential will be respected unless the disclosure is with the consent of the young person or it is otherwise permitted by law – as is the case with all GP practice in the community

Families with children at participating schools will be informed about the program at the start of the year, with detailed fact sheets.

Student - information sheet (docx - 97.6 kb)