MS TIERNEY: That same emphasis on supporting students is reflected in a really significant initiative that will see schools having dedicated mental health practitioners on site.
The Andrews Labor government understands the challenges faced by regional communities, especially young people living in farming areas. All schools aim to support students’ health and wellbeing, but welfare staff are sometimes frustrated in securing an ongoing response for students experiencing mental health issues, especially those who might slip under the radar while grappling with family issues, pressures of study or social media bullying.
Colac Secondary College, Apollo Bay P–12 College and Lavers Hill K–12 College are among the more than 20 schools to benefit from these practitioners, complementing the schools’ existing support services.
Lorne P–12’s achievements and the clear benefits of a great new program in other schools show this government is committed to providing the best educational opportunities.