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This classroom resource provides activities for students to learn about GPs and how to access them. It supports the use of the Youth Friendly General Practice video in the classroom, developed by NSW Kids and Families and hosted by ReachOut.com. These teacher notes may be utilised in conjunction with school based units of work or in isolation.

Learning outcomes:

Students will learn about:

  • the broad (holistic) role of the General Practitioner (GP)
  • how to access a GP
  • confidentiality in health care.

Background information

The Youth Friendly General Practice video resource aims to encourage, engage, educate and support young people to access GPs.

Many of the major risks to the health of young people are psychosocial in nature, yet the reasons for consulting GPs are often for skin and respiratory problems. Research shows that young people trust GPs and are willing to discuss psychosocial health concerns, but may be reluctant to raise more sensitive issues themselves. GPs in turn may be uncertain about raising more sensitive issues with their young patients.

In the video resource, we see a narrator, Amy, who asks questions about accessing a General Practice and follows a young person who consults a GP to find out about how General Practice works.

Amy explains:

  1. That young people can ask a GP any questions relating to health and wellbeing.
  2. That young people can choose their own GP and find a youth friendly one.
  3. Using the Medicare card and cost of GP services.
  4. That young people are entitled to confidential health care, with certain exceptions.
  5. That young people can make choices about their health care.

Classroom resources

The following classroom resources are designed to structure a teaching and learning program around accessing a GP.

Curriculum guide

Supporting Resources

Stage 4 activities

Stage 5 activities

Acknowledgement

NSW Kids and Families is an organisation that works collaboratively with health services and other agencies to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of children, young people and families in our community.

Next steps

  • Download and read the teacher notes for guidance on using the video in the classroom.
  • Plan a lesson activity using the activity sheets provided.
  • Download and print a flyer to hand out.