Our future in practice is the overarching theme of the GP15 conference and explored themes and topics that inspire and encourage medical professionals to consider in their practice, and the impact on patients and communities. Dr Sarah Mahoney from OCEP , Dr Tri Tuyen Cao and I presented at this prestigious conference . The conference was attended by thousands of medical professionals from Australia wide .
We presented : Adolescent Health: Developing a model for a school-based adolescent Wellbeing centre
This workshop allowed each of us to present from our own perspectives the experiences in developing a medical practitioner presence in the Wirreanda Learner Wellbeing Centre to illustrate how secondary schools, medical schools and general practitioners can work together to provide preventive care and early intervention for at risk adolescents.
Our aim was to have the following learning outcomes for participants:
1. How might adolescents benefit from a wellbeing centre based in their school?
2. What does a successful model for a school-based wellbeing centre look like?
3. What issues must the GP consider?
4. What issues must the secondary school consider?
5. Why would a medical school be involved in such a project, and what issues must the medical school consider?
6. How can medical schools and medical practitioners address social accountability in a local context?
7. How does increased engagement impact on students learning ?
As a panel we presented on our work at the Wirreanda Learner Wellbeing Centre and the Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program (an urban community-based medical education program at Flinders University) as an illustrative example of creating an adolescent wellbeing centre.
The initiative of the Learner Wellbeing Centre , the first of its kind in Australia , was well received and our efforts to put the wellbeing of the Wirreanda community as one of our key strategic directions was highly respected and applauded .The paper co authored by all of us as well as Tony Lunniss will be published in an upcoming medical journal .
Our Wirreanda sense of community was achieved today, as many approached us after the presentation wanting to replicate our Learner Wellbeing Centre across Australia to further enhance the wellbeing, engagement and learning of students . I was very proud to represent the hard work of the Wellbeing Team and the vision of Wirreanda Secondary School.