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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
Almost 1000 students in the Busselton and Bunbury area will have the chance to discuss key challenges they are likely to face during their lives when the Australian Medical Association’s Dr YES team of recently graduated doctors and medical students visit schools this week.
Issues such as drugs and alcohol, sexual health and mental health issues along with the difficulties and challenges created by mobile phones, and emerging technologies will be discussed in a relaxed and open manner.
One of the Dr YES team members will be visiting their old high school while in Bunbury – Grace Christian School.
The award-winning Dr YES (Youth Education Sessions) encourages young people to talk about health issues that are having an impact on their lives and prepare them for future challenges in a relaxed and non-threatening setting.
Dr YES is an initiative of the Australian Medical Association (WA) Foundation which supports innovative programs to help improve the health and well-being of young people in Western Australia.
The program is endorsed by the WA Health Department and the WA Department of Education and supported by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at UWA and the University of Notre Dame.
“Dr YES volunteers are all recently graduated doctors and medical students only a few years older than the high school students themselves. This helps in breaking down communication barriers, and encourages students to ask questions and raise problems that may be impacting on their lives,” Dr YES Project Coordinator Ayeesha Thevar said today.
“There are many issues faced by young people today that older members of society are not aware. It provides great assurance when high school students can talk to people who are aware and indeed may have experienced similar challenges,” she said.
“Most sessions go for an hour and the Dr YES team use songs, skits and small group discussions to help make students feel at ease,” she said.
More than 100,000 students throughout WA have taken part in the Dr YES program since it began over 15 years ago.
The Dr Yes team will visit the following schools:
Monday, 28 November – Bunbury
Tuesday, 29 November – Bunbury
Grace Christian School
Wednesday 30 November – Busselton/Bunbury
Cape Naturaliste College
Thursday 1 December – Busselton
Cape Naturaliste College
Warnbro Community College