Dr YES Medical Students On Their Way North

Dr YES Medical Students On Their Way North

Monday 17 September 2012

More than 400 students in Western Australia’s far north will have the chance to talk about drugs, alcohol, sexual health and mental health issues when the Australian Medical Association’s Dr YES team of dedicated medical students visit their schools this week.


The award-winning Dr YES (Youth Education Sessions) encourages young people to talk about health issues that are impacting on their lives 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. The Dr YES program is also supported by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“Dr YES volunteers are only a few years older than the high school students which helps break down communication barriers and encourages students to ask questions and raise problems that may be impacting on their lives,” said Dr YES Project Officer Mike Kirk.

While visiting the schools, Dr YES students will speak to classes ranging from Year 5 to Year 12.

“Most sessions go for an hour and the Dr YES team use fun, sketches and small group discussions to help make students feel at ease.”

More than 70,000 students throughout WA have taken part in the Dr YES program since it started nearly 12 years ago.

The Dr Yes team will visit:
Kununurra District High School on Monday 17 September (morning);
Wyndham District High School, Monday 17 September (afternoon);
Wyndham District High School, Tuesday 18 September (afternoon);
Derby District High School, Thursday 20 September;
Broome District High School, Friday 21 September.

Dr YES students will also be visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Derby on Thursday 20 September.
Dr YES Coordinator Mike Kirk, who will be travelling with the team, can be contacted for additional information or interviews on: 0408 942 297.

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