Active Medical help VCE students beat exam stress

AM Selfie Frame

As the school year heads into exam season, VCE students at Lakeview Senior College are getting a little help to beat exam stress.

They’ve called in the experts from local practice Active Medical Centre to hold a student and family session at their college on Thursday 25th of August 2016.

Both sessions are free of charge, and are funded by the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network. Active Medical is one of 23 general practices that have shared in funding from North Western Melbourne PHN this year to deliver innovative health programs in their local communities.

At the sessions, Dr Zahra Shahzad and psychologist Vanina Ventureira from Active Medical Centre will talk to students and families and answer questions about the best ways to beat stress before, during and after exams.

Dr Zahra said it is paramount that VCE students get adequate sleep, regular meals, water, exercise, as well as being given the chance to communicate during stressful times.

“There is no reason why students and families can’t have fun while they learn coping strategies, Dr Zahra said. “This is why we’re engaging them on the day with a specially created selfie frame and relevant hash tags – to encourage continued involvement.”

Active Medical’s psychologist Vanina Ventureira said, “It’s wonderful that Smiling Mind have got on board this great initiative. Students and families will have an opportunity to bring mindfulness to the home and utilise the free and easy-to-use Smiling Mind app, to help keep stress at bay.’”

“For times when students and families cannot manage their stress, the team at Active Medical are here to assist in any way we possibly can.” Dr Zahra said.

We encourage families of students completing year 12 at Lakeview Senior College to take an active approach to their family’s health – have a chat and get informed about how to reduce exam stress.

SESSION INFORMATION

Student mindfulness session  

Thursday 25 August 2016

11:40 to 12:40pm

Lakeview Senior College Auditorium                                                                   

Parent session

Thursday 25 August 2016

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Lakeview Senior College Auditorium

More info about the sessions: Phone 9363 0954, or visit Active Medical Centre, 228-232 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs.