Initiative: Designated Student General Practitioner

Student Party SAM handed in an initiative proposal for a designated student general practitioner. In essence, we asked the university to create room for a comprehensive collaboration with an existing general practitioner in Tilburg. A student general practitioner will make it possible for students suffering from wellbeing issues to solve their problems faster and get them back sooner into performing well in university life. In the current situation with traditional academic issues like study burnout, exam anxiety or performance pressure get help. However, when a student comes with more challenging issues, the student psychologists and counsellors will often advise them to seek external help. This is a decent protocol, but this only works when primary care is easily accessible, which is not the case. As for the proposed situation, it offers a more streamlined approach. It effectively creates a position that does have the capacity to write references for external healthcare expertise. Another added benefit is that a GP is trained to advice and look for external healthcare professionals. This robust system grants faster and more proficient responses.

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