Medical students drive wellbeing and mental health at Christ Church
Published on: 25 October 2018
Volunteer medical students from the Australian Medical Association’s Dr YES program were on campus this week as part of the School’s Personal and Spiritual Development (PSD) program.
Selected Year 10 PSD classes received an overview of the Dr YES program including some introductory trivia, and in smaller groups worked through several key issues relating to mental health facilitated by volunteers ranging in their first to fourth year of Medical studies.
“Having presenters who are passionate, clearly educated in this space and are certainly relatable to the students is a significant complement to our wellbeing curriculum at Christ Church,” says Liam Casson, Director of The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing.
“The Dr YES program supports the School’s proactive and preventative approach to mental health and wellbeing and recently we were delighted to have four old boys present as volunteer medical students.”
“One of their key goals is to help break down the barriers preventing young people from accessing health care and overcome some of the common misconceptions about doctors.”
Dr YES is a program run by the AMA where medical students go out to metropolitan and rural high schools to have open and frank discussions about the big issues facing youth health – particularly mental health, alcohol, drugs and sexual health. It is proudly supported by the Australian Medical Association (WA) Foundation and relies on a limited pool of volunteer medical students.