Rural Clinical School

RCS staff and former students publish in Australian Family Physician

Congratulations to staff and students from the Rural Clinical School whose research has been published in the Australian Family Physician.

"Young people have their say: What makes a youth-friendly general practice?"  details a study which surveyed 155 North-West rural high school students about their views and preferences when presenting to their General Practitioner.

The research found that general practice plays an important role in youth health with 95% of participants considering a GP to be their primary healthcare provider. The results also showed survey participants highly valued GPs with good communication skills, who avoided medical jargon, made assurances about confidentiality, and who respected their views and choices. 86% of participants stated they thought it important to discuss issues such as mental health, substance use, and sexual health with their GP even if they presented for a different problem, as they might not feel confident bringing it up themselves.

Barriers to healthcare for youth were also detailed in the paper.

The publication was co-authored by Rural Clinical School staff alongside students Laura Turner, Leah Spencer, Jack Strugnell, Julian Chang, Isabel Di Tommaso (all of whom have since graduated), and also Magella Tate who passed away in September 2015 and was acknowledged for her important contribution in the research.

Click here to read the publication online.

Published on: 22 Feb 2017