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Doctors in secondary schools program: The first year of program implementation in a rural Victorian school

Reid, Carol J., Ervin, Kaye and Kelly, Leanne M. 2019, Doctors in secondary schools program: The first year of program implementation in a rural Victorian school, Rural and Remote Health, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.22605/RRH5524.

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Title Doctors in secondary schools program: The first year of program implementation in a rural Victorian school
Author(s) Reid, Carol J.
Ervin, Kaye
Kelly, Leanne M.ORCID iD for Kelly, Leanne M. orcid.org/0000-0002-3360-5212
Journal name Rural and Remote Health
Volume number 19
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Publication date 2019-11-26
ISSN 1445-6354
Keyword(s) adolescent
Australia
implementation
place-based
primary health care
process evaluation
youth
Australia
implementation
place-based
primary health care
process evaluation
youth
Summary Introduction: Lifelong health behaviour habits are often consolidated in adolescence, with primary health care an important element of current and future health and wellbeing. Barriers to adolescent primary healthcare access are complex and include social, behavioural and geographical issues as well as organisational and systemic barriers. Method: This article describes the first year of implementation of a Doctors in Secondary School program in a rural setting in Victoria, Australia. Results: The program provided 332 primary healthcare appointments over 10 months, equating to 102.33 hours of general practitioner contact with students. The program offered scheduled and unscheduled (drop-in) appointments with aboveaverage consultation times. Cancellations and 'no-shows' were low, at 9% overall. Health promotion resources, material and information, were sourced and provided by the clinic practice nurse. Conclusion: The role of the practice nurse has been instrumental in providing a needs-based service for students, connecting to local and regional health and community services. Adolescents in rural areas require holistic primary care including provision of resources, basic wellbeing needs and advocacy. Programs to support rural adolescents should be integrated across the strengths and opportunities that exist in each unique context.
Language eng
DOI 10.22605/RRH5524
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
1110 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2019, James Cook University
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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