'Nothing scary' about school consults, GPs assure doubters

GPs working in a program that offers consults to school students say there is “nothing scary” about their work, amid claims that the initiative erodes parents’ right to know what is happening to their children.

Guidelines for the Victorian Government’s Doctors Secondary Schools program, made public last week, give teachers and GPs the authority to override the objections of parents and consent for a minor to receive medical treatment.

The $44 million program, designed to improve disadvantaged children’s access to healthcare, will see GP clinics set up in 60 schools around the

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