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School based Health Nurse

​What does the School based Health Nurse do?

The School based Health Nurse works with students, school staff and parents to:
  • address concerns or problems about health and wellbeing;
  • create a more supportive, healthy school environment (a health promoting school).

The School based Health Nurse can see young people in private to talk about:
  • health concerns
  • relationships
  • personal and family problems
  • smoking, alcohol or drug use
  • sexual health
  • problems with friends
  • feeling unhappy or stressed
  • puberty, growing up
  • healthy eating, exercise, weight and eating problems
  • getting in touch with the right service
  • anything that affects health and wellbeing

Confidentiality

School based Health Nurses work in schools but are employed by Queensland Health. The nurse is required to keep information confidential (not talking to others) unless the young person agrees the nurse can do otherwise.

However, if the young person the nurse is seeing is at risk of being hurt or hurting someone else, the nurse may need to discuss this information with another service or agency. If the nurse thinks it’s best to talk to someone else about the problem, they will usually explain the reasons why and talk with the young person about this.

In most cases, it is best for young people to also talk to their parents about any problems and concerns they have, and the School based Health Nurse can help them to do this.  The School based Health Nurse works with students, staff and parents to create a healthier and more supportive school.

The School Nurse is available Monday to Thursday (8.30 am to 2.30 pm) and is based in C Block with the Student Services team.  You can access the nurse by drop in service, make an apponment, phone or email.  

Contact details

School-based Youth Health Nurse - Amy Ryan
Telephone: (07) 5440 4284