Doctors In Secondary School Program
Doctors in Secondary School Program
HELPING VICTORIA’S YOUNG PEOPLE ACCESS HEALTH CARE
The Victorian Government is making sure young people are receiving the health support, advice, and treatment they need to reach their full potential.
The Doctors in Secondary Schools program provides funding for Craigieburn Secondary College to have an adolescent health-trained GP and registered nurse attend our College once a week to provide medical advice and health care to all our students. The Doctors in School program is a free -Bulk Billing service.
Dr Vajna Rafeek is at Craigieburn Secondary College every Friday from 10 AM – 2 PM.
During class time the doctor is available by appointment only. At recess or lunchtime students can drop in to see the doctor with no appointment necessary. Please note: the doctor is not available during period 4.
The doctor is a great place to start if you are concerned or needing help.
- Information or advice about any health issue.
- Medical and Health check-ups.
- Information or advice about your physical wellbeing.
- Healthy eating and exercise advice.
- Advice on relationship issues.
- Asthma Management & Action Plans.
- Mental Health & Wellbeing.
- Sexual Health.
- Vision Checks.
- External referrals to other health services.
- Covid-19 vaccinations and booster vaccinations.
Suman Ale (Registered Nurse) attends the College along with the doctor. Working in collaboration with Doctor Vajna, Suman can also assist students with a range of different health advice and services.
It is important that you know that all appointments with the doctor will be kept confidential – which means kept private.
- When a student books an appointment through the school nurse, she is not allowed to tell other people in the school (teachers, coordinators, and friends) or parents, that an appointment has been booked to see the doctor.
- The school nurse will have to let teachers know that a student will be absent from class, however she does not need to tell them that they are seeing the doctor.
- If a student wants the appointment to be completely private (for example, they do not want anyone in the school to know), they can speak directly to the Practice nurse – Suman. In this case, they will need to drop into the Doctors in School Portable during recess or lunch time.
- Students can visit the doctor alone, with a friend or with a family member. There is no law in Victoria that says a student has to be a certain age before they can visit the doctor on their own. If a student goes alone, the doctor will need to make sure they are mature enough and able to understand any medical advice or information that is given to them during the appointment.
- During the appointment the doctor will talk to the student about why they are there and decide if they are able to consent to treatment themselves, or if they think parents or carers should be involved. Sometimes the doctor might need to talk to parents or carers (with the student’s consent) so she can have a better understanding about a student’s previous health history or to ensure safety.
- If the student is 14 years or older, their information is kept private by Medicare and will not be shown on their parents / carers Medicare statement.
To book an appointment or for more information please see the school nurse located in the sick bay or email DISS@craigieburnsc.vic.edu.au
Out of school hours, you can access Dr Vajna Rafeek’s service from Hanson Medical Centre @ 1 Hanson Road, Craigieburn Victoria 3064. Phone: 9305 5555 Website: www.hansonmedicals.com.au
For more information about the program visit Doctors in Secondary School Program