School Based Youth Health Nurse (SBYHN)
The School Based Youth Health Nurse works with a preventative focus including early identification, brief intervention and harm minimisation activities. The nurse is often the first point of contact for young people, their families and school community members seeking information, advice and support for health matters. For issues requiring treatment or intensive counselling, they play an important role in providing referral for clients to the relevant agencies. School Based Youth Health Nurses do not provide or teach first aid, care for wounds or administer medications in their role.
Within their allocated schools the School Based Youth Health Nurse provides support and assistance to address the health needs of young people, their families and school community members in consideration with local needs.
The nurse provides one-on-one confidential consultations for individuals which might include topics such as the following:
Health and Wellbeing Concerns
Relationships – Family, Peer and Boy/Girl or other
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs
Stress and or unhappiness
Healthy eating, exercise, weight and eating concerns
Linkages and referrals to other services
The nurse provides support for school community and staff by offering the following:
Health Promotion Activities
Provision of Health Related Resources
Work with staff to assist with some health related/promotion activities within the classroom/school environment
Linking school community with relevant community and other services
The current School Based Youth Health Nurse is Emma Callick who works for Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. Emma is available on Monday and Friday, please see the hub.