A local GP service will provide free consultations to students one day per week when a new program begins in the region.
Bundaberg North State High School has been selected to be part of the State Government’s GP Pilot Program.
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith announced that Bundaberg North State High School was one of 50 state secondary schools set to benefit, with the GP clinic expected to be up and running by May 2022.
“This is fantastic news for Bundy North,” he said.
“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.
“This service will give local students access to timely healthcare at no cost to their families.
“This is an important investment.
“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.”
Mr Smith said the GP Pilot Program was part of the Government’s $100 million student wellbeing package committed to at the last election.
“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,” he said.
“That’s why we’re investing in initiatives like this and employing up to 464 additional psychologists and wellbeing professionals in Queensland schools over the next three years.”