Helping students access the health care they need
We are very pleased to announce that Brisbane State High School has been selected to participate in the GPs in Schools Pilot.
The Pilot is part of the Queensland Government's Student Wellbeing Package. The initiative is designed to make it easier for adolescents in Queensland schools to access the healthcare they need.
The Pilot will allow our school to set up a fit-for-purpose GP clinic on school grounds. This clinic will provide students with access to a GP one day each week, during school terms.
What services will the GP provide?
Our school GP clinic will offer secondary students the majority of services that young people are able to access from GPs in the community, including management of physical health, mental health, and sexual and reproductive health issues. The school GP clinic is not a vaccination centre.
Will there be a cost for students to see the GP?
All visits to the GP will be provided at no cost to students or their families. The GP will bulk-bill all appointments through Medicare, so it is important that students bring their Medicare card (or their Medicare number) with them to their appointment.
Our school clinic staff
Our school's GP is Dr Aaron Chambers.
Dr Chambers has worked in General Practice since 2006. He is passionate about family practice, including paediatrics and obstetric care. After completing his medical degree with honours at the University of Queensland, Dr Chambers served as an RAAF Doctor, conducting humanitarian missions, and evacuating wounded servicemen from the Middle East.
Dr Chambers' passion for General Practice began in primary school, reading the medical textbooks of his older brother. He cherishes the bond formed between patient and doctor throughout life's experiences and enjoys the rewards of seeing families grow.
Dr Chambers is the GP Liaison Officer for Children's Health Queensland, based at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. He also consults at Canossa Hospital for inpatient rehabilitation and at Allergy First. He assists with plastic survey at Wesley Hospital and also enjoys working out in the community, completing home visits and caring for residents at Bethesda Caring Centre and Canossa Nursing Home.
Dr Chambers is supported by a Clinic Nurse, Mrs Marguerite Pariss.
Marguerite (Margie) Pariss joined the Growlife Medical team in March 2021 as an experienced Registered Nurse. With a passion for community and preventative medicine, general practice is a perfect fit. She actively continues her education to improve care for chronic disease and pediatric patients as her main areas of interest.
Marguerite provides care with kindness and compassion, always keeping the person as priority. In her free time, you'll find her at the beach with her dog Ellie, reading and enjoying a good coffee.
Dr Aaron Chambers, a General Practitioner (GP), and Clinic Nurse, Mrs Marguerite Pariss will be joining us from Growlife Medical Highgate Hill.
For more detail about our school's GP clinic, click on the information for students and information for parents/guardians.
If you have any questions about the school GP clinic, please contact:
Mrs Rachel Hobson – Deputy Principal, Student Culture and Engagement
Phone: 3291 4162