STUDENTS at Weeroona College are among those in Bendigo who have access to medical advice at school as part of a program aimed at increasing access to healthcare.
Several schools in the region have access to a GP on campus in a program that is being rolled out by the Victorian government and health provider Murray Primary Health Networks.
The program was launched last year and sees more than 100 schools across the state have access to a GP up to one day per week.
Students incur no out of pocket cost for the service, which are delivered in purpose-built facilities on school grounds.
The program is primarily being rolled out in rural Victoria, where access to healthcare is far lower than in metro areas.
Crusoe College also has access to the program, while schools such as Wedderburn College are also involved.
Weeroona is one of the final schools to come on board in the program, and the school GP attended its swimming day at Bendigo East on Friday.
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan was also watching on, and said the program was a plus for students and families.
“Bringing a GP on-site at Weeroona College Bendigo will help young people to identify and address their health concerns early, while reducing pressure on working families,” Ms Allan said.
“We don’t want our kids going to google for medical advice this program gives them easier access to a doctor to get any help they need.”