Dr YES (Youth Education Sessions) is a school-based harm minimisation health initiative

Trained volunteer medical students visit metropolitan and rural high schools to have frank discussions on issues such as drugs and alcohol, sexual health and mental health

Dr YES is an initiative of the Australian Medical Association (WA). It commenced in 1996, and is delivered through the AMA (WA) Foundation. The underlying purpose of the sessions is to help high school students make healthy and informed choices in risky situations. The medical students discuss the issues high school students face with the aim of equipping them with the confidence and knowledge necessary to make that healthy choice.

Dr YES is a school-based harm minimisation health initiative of the AMA (WA).

Sessions at the schools are fun, entertaining and informative, providing accurate information about topics that may not normally be discussed with a teacher. Dr YES’ success is a product of the peer-to-peer style of sessions that the medical students facilitate. This helps students to develop an atmosphere of mutual respect and confidence. Dr YES is well supported by the medical faculties of the University of Western Australia, University of Notre Dame Australia and Curtin University. The program is well received by high schools across Western Australia.

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