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1 DOCTOR ON CAMPUS At Victor Harbor High School

2 Our Presenters Dr Anke Doley our Doctor on Campus, c/- Victor Medical Centre, Victor Harbor SA Mr Chris Wigg, Clinical Psychologist, Torrens House Psychology, Victor Harbor SA Colin Sibly Student Counsellor and leader of Victor High School DOC team.

3 BACKGROUND Operated at VHHS since 2004 Assisted over 280 students at Victor High Teen Mental Health Focus COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP Victor Medical Centre Victor High Torrens House (Psychology – VH) Southern Adelaide / Fleurieu / Kangaroo Island (SAFKI) Medicare Local [Regional Health Admin and Coordination]

4 A Whole School approach...

5 How Doctor on Campus Works ? Students with needs identified / referred by parent/carers teachers / school leaders / peers / self referral. Student consults with School Counsellor. If needed, Counsellor coordinates referral to DOC or to existing family doctor. Parent involvement in process. If DOC, Counsellor provides background / briefing notes to Doctor. Doctor manages ongoing referrals / advice to student and for ongoing support in / out of school. Referrals to Clinical Psychologist at VHHS, via SAFKI (Medicare Local)

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7 Why does DOC Work? Identification – Teachers and School Counsellors are ideally placed to notice when a young person is emotionally unwell. Trust – Because of the relationship that Counsellors have with students they are ideally placed to find out what is REALLY happening for a young person. Triaging - Counsellors are able to assess which students who are in need of clinical intervention and which can be managed with normal support.

8 Why does DOC Work ? Brokering – Because of the student / counsellor relationship, counsellors are well placed to assist the student in agreeing to engaging with DOC. Information Sharing – By agreeing to have the counsellor pre-share the student concern with the Doctor, the emotional hurdle of “re-telling the story” is avoided. Parental Involvement – Including parents in the support process assists greatly in positive outcomes. Cost – Parents are often relieved to find that consults via DOC are “bulk billed”. Fear of cost is often an impediment to parents seeking help for their children.

9 Why Does DOC Work? Confidentiality – Processes are put in place to ensure that confidentiality is a key element of DOC intervention. Overcoming Stigma – DOC overcomes the stigma that still exists around mental health. Students do not have to “risk being seen” seeking help for wellbeing issues. Teen Friendly Processes – eg texting for appointments and reminders on the morning of the consult. Teens don’t do watches!

10 Why Does DOC Work? Cognitive Therapy – Helping students assess lifestyle and emotional health aspects of their lives to bring positive change. Medication is a last resort. Post Intervention Support – DOC establishes a review and ongoing monitoring structure involving key “supporters”. Self Awareness – Enabling students to be aware of their personal wellbeing signs and symptoms and to empower them to “self re-refer”.

11 Interested In DOC For Your School ? WHAT NEXT ? See us today Collect some info Call Victor Harbor High If we did You can too !

12 Thank you


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