Queensland to post GPs in state schools

The pilot program starting in 2022 will have GPs based at 50 schools throughout Queensland.
The pilot program starting in 2022 will have GPs based at 50 schools throughout Queensland.

General practitioners will be posted to Queensland state schools in 2022 as part of a government plan to provide free health check-ups for students.

The pilot program will begin midway through next year and GPs will be based at 50 schools throughout the state.

Participating schools stretch from the southeast corner, as far west as Mount Isa and in Queensland's far north.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the health and wellbeing of the state is her greatest priority and the $10 million program will be expanded if successful.

"For many young people, booking in to see a GP is difficult and expensive," she said in parliament on Wednesday.

"That's why at the last election we announced a pilot program to base GPs at a number of state secondary schools throughout Qld.

"We'll continue to invest in programs like this to give all Queenslanders better access to quality health services.

Two community hubs known as 'FamilyLinQ' will also be established at Kingston State School in Woodridge and the new Logan Reserve primary school in Logan, set to open in 2023 and 2024.

The government is investing $19 million in these hubs to provide education, health and community services under one roof, Education Minister Grace Grace says.

"The hubs will also enable parents to engage in adult education and training programs to build their skills and qualifications," Ms Grace said in parliament.

"FamilyLinQ supports the strong work we have been doing to give all children a great start by connecting school communities to services and programs enabling them to thrive."

Australian Associated Press