Doctors in Secondary Schools

Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative 

The Victorian Government is working with the Victorian Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to make sure young people are getting the health support, advice and treatment they need so they can reach their full potential.  The Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative aims to provide school-based health services for 100 Victorian secondary schools most in need. The initiative provides modern clinical facilities onsite at schools and funds up to one session per week of a General Practitioner (GP) to provide both primary care for students and contribute to the school’s existing student wellbeing programs to help increase health literacy and preventive health.

There is also an accompanying role for a Nurse from the selected general practice to work with the GP, particularly in care coordination. 

The objectives of the initiative are to:

  • make primary health care more accessible to students and thereby help reduce unmet needs
  • provide assistance to young people to identify and address any health problems early
  • reduce the pressure on working parents and community-based GPs.

Secondary School sites

In Term 2 2017, the first local school to commence this service was: 

  • Rosebud Secondary College


Since term 3 2017, eleven schools have commenced:

  • Carrum Downs Secondary School
  • Cranbourne Secondary School
  • Dandenong High School
  • Gleneagles Secondary College
  • Keysborough Secondary College
  • McClelland Secondary College
  • Narre Warren South P-12 College
  • Noble Park Secondary College
  • Oakwood School – Noble Park Campus
  • Pakenham Secondary College
  • Patterson River Secondary College

The final stage of the roll out will be in Term 1 , 2018 with the following schools:

  • Cranbourne East Secondary College
  • Fountain Gate Secondary College 
  • Hallam Senior Secondary College
  • Lyndale Secondary College 
  • Mornington Secondary College
  • Monterey Secondary College


More information and forms:

  • Department of Education and Training information can be found here
  • SEMPHN information on roles and responsibilities can be found here.
  • Doctors in Secondary Schools Operational Guidelines can be found here.
  • Doctors in Secondary Schools Services Agreement can be found here
  • Doctors in Secondary Schools Referral Pathways can be found here.
  • Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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