Busselton Senior High Schools Health Centre is staffed by a Community Health Nurse four days a week who works closely with school staff to foster student self care by:
- Encouraging students to take responsibility for their own health
- Promoting healthy lifestyle choices
- Providing health information and education on an individual and group basis
- Promoting first aid principles and a whole school approach to provision of first aid care
- Assisting students with chronic health conditions
- Monitoring and supporting children at risk
- Promoting and supporting immunisation programs
Primary health care and health promotion are the basis of community health nursing with core concepts including:
- Promotion of health as a state of physical, social and emotional well-being
- Identification of community needs
- Participation by individuals and communities in their own health care
- Collaboration across disciplines and agencies to achieve positive health outcomes
- Culturally sensitive services
- Focus on promotion of healthy life styles, prevention and early intervention including
The role of the School Nurse in a High School environment is different to that of a Nurse in a Hospital. School Nurses recognise that “health” relates to mental and social health as well as physical health. With that in mind, the focus of the School Nurse role is health promotion, prevention and early intervention whilst encouraging the students’ responsibility for their own health and well being. Individual students can seek information, guidance and support about a range of issues that may include:
- Coping with illness
- Feeling anxious, stressed or unhappy
- Nitration, weight and body image
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Managing stress
- Loss or grief
- Problems at home
- Poverty and homelessness
- Relationship issues
- Sexual health
- Drug use
- Other adolescent concerns
The School Nurse offers short term health counselling including assessments of mental health and wellbeing with appropriate and early intervention including medical and allied health referrals. Parents, carers and families are always welcome to discuss their concerns with the School Nurse.
It is important to note that school facilities allow for the provision of basic first aid only. They are not designed for sick or injured students to remain at school. Parents/guardians will be notified when students are unable to continue class participation and they will be responsible for transport to home or hospital for care. Ambulance costs are directed to the parents/guardians.
Students are encouraged to limit visits to the nurse to scheduled breaks or before/after school. Their teacher’s permission is required to attend during class times.
- KIDS HELP LINE
- GET THE FACTS
A Department of Health WA website that aims to provide accurate and reliable information on sexual health, blood-borne viruses and relationships for young people in Western Australia.
- DRUG AWARENESS
Professional and free counselling and support
- FREEDOM CENTRE
Sexuality, sex and gender support
- REACH OUT
Practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times
- BRAVE 4 YOU
The BRAVE Program is an interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety
- TUNE IN, NOT OUT
Tune In Not Out (or as our friends call us - TINO) provides 24hr TV for life's challenges from mental to sexual health. Tune In Not Out brings videos, factsheets, real stories and blogs from across Australia into one central point for young people to explore.
Waratah provides free, specialised intervention services for people who have experienced sexual assault and sexual abuse and/or family domestic violence; or for those who need to know how to deal with issues and impacts of the trauma in their lives.
Provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
- HEAD SPACE
We’re the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians
- ACCORD WEST
Accord West deliver a diverse range of support services that not only empower families and individuals, but foster community resilience
- LAMP INC
Lamp provides support services for people with mental illness, their carers and family members living in local South West communities.
Providing high quality, holistic and accessible services to the Nyoongar people of the South West Region of Western Australia.
School Nurse - Vivienne Barton