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Parent veto unclear in Vic school doctors

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016 Luke Costin

More than 70,000 students will be able to see a doctor at their Victorian high school by 2018 but how their parents will be involved is still to be decided.

The list of the first 100 government schools to get a doctor was released on Thursday with 20 schools ready to go from term 1, 2017.

The opposition has raised concerns children as young as 12 might be able to access medical treatment without their parents' consent or knowledge.

Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Thursday such criticisms were not valid as students could already see doctors at bulk billing clinics, and informed consent would still apply in the schools program.

The issue of parental consent has been treated differently by the schools that already run their own school GP program, Education Minister James Merlino said.

"Some require parental consent at the start of the year, others on an as-needs basis," he said.

"The critical point is that this will operate the same as if the young person was visiting a GP in their local community."

The government is consulting AMA Victoria, which raised concerns in May that the program needed appropriate clinical settings and could fragment care.

"We support the trial of any interventions that may lead to improved adolescent health and promotion of these young people's engagement with general practice," AMA Victoria president Lorraine Baker told AAP in a statement.

"We are reassured this program is not intended to substitute for established doctor-patient relationships."

Half of the 100 schools chosen for the program are from regional areas while another 25 are from growth areas of Melbourne.

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