Doctor’s clinic opens doors at Whittlesea Secondary College

DR DARREN FERNANDES WILL BE BASED AT WHITTLESEA SECONDARY COLLEGE ONE DAY A WEEK. PICTURE: DAMJAN JANEVSKI

DR DARREN FERNANDES WILL BE BASED AT WHITTLESEA SECONDARY COLLEGE ONE DAY A WEEK. PICTURE: DAMJAN JANEVSKI

A doctor’s clinic will operate out of Whittlesea Secondary College one day a week to make it easier for students to access health services.

As part of the state government’s Doctors in Secondary Schools program, doctors and a nurse from Whittlesea Medical Clinic will visit the school and offer students free appointments.

Principal Terry Twomey said the clinic would contribute to the school’s student wellbeing programs and help increase health literacy and preventive health.

“The pressures on young people these days are significant, and the Doctors in Secondary Schools program will provide vital information and assurance to support our young people as they navigate the highs and lows of being teenagers,” he said.

The school is one of 12 throughout the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network’s catchment to take part in the program.

Whittlesea Medical Clinic GP Melissa Garbutt hopes the clinic will encourage young people to look after their health.

“Our clinic is proud to work with the local school community to provide medical care to those students most in need.

“By optimising access to health care, we hope this translates to early identification and management of health issues in our students,” Dr Garbutt said.


This story is written by Laura Michell and originally appeared in Star Weekly in August 2017.