The Victorian government has been urged by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to bring schoolchildren of all ages back into the classroom, saying he has heard of doctors prescribing antidepressants to children as young as 12.
After senior secondary students resume on-campus learning on October 7, all primary pupils will return to school on October 12, but no firm date has been set for those in years 7 to 10 to return.
The government of the state continues to evaluate the risks of transmission of coronavirus associated with all secondary school students returning to school and how this could impact the further easing of restrictions under its roadmap.
The call from the Treasurer comes after psychologists recorded a “huge increase”in children being referred to mental health plans to cope with the lockout and remote schooling stresses.
“I’ve read letters from well-regarded doctors and GPs … and they speak of the mental health state of young people in Victoria as a result of the lockdown, and the number of cases that they are seeing through their doors skyrocketing,” Mr Frydenberg told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.
“So, I say to the Premier, follow the medical advice but please get Victorian children back to school at all levels.”