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24 keen Dr YES volunteers journeyed to Mandurah last month for 2 action-packed days delivering health education sessions to high school students.
This year’s trip to the Mandurah and Peel region proved to be extremely successful, with great feedback from students, school and volunteers. The trip also presented an opportunity for some of our newer volunteers to improve their skills and expand their knowledge.
The trip started off bright and early with a visit to Coondanup College, where we talked to students about sexual health, focusing on contraceptive methods and STI prevention. The students loved the skit, certainly an energetic and entertaining way to start the school week.
This was followed by an engaging discussion between our volunteers and the students regarding safe sexual practices and proper use of contraception. Our volunteers then visited Comet Bay College for some more sexual health education.
The second day had a strong mental health focus, which was the perfect opportunity to discuss helpful coping strategies for stress prior to the students’ exam periods. We also had profound discussions about approaching friends and family members dealing with mental health issues.
Overall, the trip was a massive success, with Dr YES reaching more than 400 students in two days on a range of issues, from harm minimisation to debunking students’ misconceptions about GPs and accessing support services.
Dr YES would like to thank the teachers from each of the schools for facilitating the visits to the region, and for their ongoing support of the Dr YES program. Thank you to all the students for engaging in our sessions, and to every volunteer for their commitment to ensuring sessions are delivered to the highest quality. The next Dr YES trip will be a week long visit to Geraldton – stay tuned for more information!