General practitioners and school psychologists: an underused collaboration

John R. Burns*, Kevin Wong

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    Background: General Practitioners (GPs) play a vital role in the management of the social, emotional and behavioural health of children and adolescents. Best practice usually requires collaboration with a broad range of other medical and allied health professionals, to bring about optimal outcomes for patients and their family. Objectives: This article describes the specific role of a school psychologist and outlines various ways that GPs and school psychologists can collaborate in the assessment and management of school-aged patients. Discussion: Given the importance of school in the social and emotional development of children and adolescents, school psychologists should be considered a valuable partner for GPs when caring for young people.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)347-349
    Number of pages3
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2017


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