Several schools in Logan City will have access to a bulk-billing GP from next year in a groundbreaking initiative announced by the State Government.
GPs will be based at 50 secondary schools throughout the state as part of a pilot scheme.
Education Minister Grace Grace says she expects all clinics to be up and running by May next year.
The program aims to provide all Queensland students with access to a health and a well-being professional on campus.
“Originally, the GP pilot program was designed to base GPs at 20 state secondary schools throughout the state.
“We asked schools to register their interest to participate in this program and we were inundated with requests which is why we’ve expanded it to 50.
“These schools are spread across the length and breadth of the state and I have no doubt the GP service will make a big difference to each and every one of them.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday announced the list of schools selected to participate in the program, which included several in the Logan City area:
- Woodridge State High School
- Beaudesert State High School
- Mabel Park State High School
- Beenleigh State High School
- Shailer Park State High School
- Marsden State High School
- Park Ridge State High School
“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.
“We know that one of the greatest barriers for many young people is the difficulty in finding a GP that bulk bills.
“This will make a difference for thousands of students throughout the state.
“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.
“This is an important investment. Delivering quality healthcare and education for all Queenslanders is what good Labor governments do best.”
The scheme follows a successful initial wellbeing trial at Mabel Park State High School, where the program will continue.