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13th October 2021

Nambour State College and Burnside State High School have been selected to be part of the Palaszczuk Government’s ground-breaking GP Pilot Program.

Rob Skelton MP, Member for Nicklin announced today that Nambour State College and Burnside State High School are two of 50 state secondary schools set to benefit, with the GP clinic expected to be up and running by May 2022.

“This is fantastic news for Nambour State College and Burnside State High School, which will partner with local GPs to provide free consultations to students one day per week,” he said.

“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,” he said.

“This service will give local students access to timely healthcare at no cost to their families,” he said.

“This is an important investment. Delivering quality healthcare and education for all Queenslanders is what good Labor governments do best.”

Mr Skelton said the GP Pilot Program was part of the Government’s $100 million student wellbeing package committed to at the last election.

“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.

“That’s why we’re investing in initiatives like this and employing up to 464 additional psychologists and wellbeing professionals in Queensland schools over the next three years.

“Providing students with access to timely healthcare, at no cost to them or their families, will have a positive impact on students’ health, mental health and their readiness and ability to engage at school.”

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