Beaudesert State High School to take part in Queensland GP pilot program

A general practitioner will be posted at Beaudesert State High School as part of a government plan to provide free health check-ups for students.

ON CALL: Beaudesert State High School has been selected to be part of Queensland's GP pilot program.

ON CALL: Beaudesert State High School has been selected to be part of Queensland's GP pilot program.

The school is one of 50 state secondary schools set to benefit, with the doctor's clinics expected to be up and running by May 2022.

The GP would provide free consultations to students one day per week.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the initiative was part of the $100 million student wellbeing program announce at last election.

"Originally, the GP pilot program was designed to base GPs at 20 state secondary schools.

"We asked schools to register their interest to participate in this program and we were inundated with requests which is why we've expanded it to 50," she said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said for many young people, booking in to see a GP was difficult and expensive.

The GP program hopes to have 464 additional psychologists and wellbeing professionals employed in 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, and we want to ensure as many students as possible can benefit," Ms Grace said.

The GP pilot program announcement comes as pharmacists started their school-based COVID vaccine program in St Monica's College in Cairns today.

National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia Professor Trent Twomey said schools would play an important role in making the vaccination program a success.

"This program will deliver thousands of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to students across far north Queensland in the coming months," he said.

Mr Twomey hinted that a successful roll out could see it replicated in other regions.