Doctors in Secondary Schools Clinical Training Program
The Department of General Practice and Primary Care delivers the DiSS Clinical Training and support program. The program aims to provide essential training in youth-friendly primary care and implementation support for delivering school based health services.
Clinicians will be registered with the DiSS training team once they have completed their orientation processes through their clinic, school and regional Primary Health Network. The program includes introductory training for all new DiSS clinicians, covering the core competencies in Youth Friendly health care provision. Ongoing training and networking opportunities are encouraged to support clinicians to develop and enhance primary care approach to common yet complex presentations to DiSS clinics and to maintain peer connections and support.
Clinicians with an interest in Adolescent Health care can browse our accessible resources and register to be invited to upcoming events and/or engage in research.
The Victorian Doctors in Secondary Schools Program (DiSS)
The Victorian Doctors in Secondary School (DiSS) Program is a Victorian state government initiative launched in 2017. The DiSS program funds GPs and Practice Nurses (PNs) to provide medical advice and health care to students who need it the most in 100 Victorian Government secondary schools. GPs and PNs attend schools up to one day per week.
The program aims to:
- make primary health care more accessible to students
- assist young people to identify and address any health problems early
- reduce the pressure on working parents.
All secondary school students enrolled in a participating school will be able to access an adolescent-health trained GP, subject to providing the required consent for the services. Participating schools, students and their parents/carers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for student consultations with the GP and/or nurse.
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