Since 2017, the Doctors in Secondary Schools (DiSS) program has delivered more than 55,700 consultations to secondary schools statewide.
The program provides primary health care services to secondary school students in 100 Victorian government secondary schools. It is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and implemented by Victoria’s 6 Primary Health Networks (PHN).
DiSS is an important part of the statewide health system, and a valuable asset for schools, staff, students, parents, and their community. It is also a unique opportunity for participating GPs and nurses, allowing them to become part of the school community, watching kids grow and thrive.
The program objectives are to:
- make primary health care more accessible to students
- assist young people to identify and address any health problems early
- reduce pressure on working parents and community-based GPs.
“It’s a really different program. This is just the best job.”