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School Health Nurse Programme


School Health Nurse Programme

As part of the State Government’s long term vision to lift education in Tasmania and invest in essential services, a commitment was made to introduce child health and youth health nurses across Tasmanian Government schools. This program aims to support schools to create a physical and social environment that promotes health and wellbeing, and assists to improve the health and education outcomes for children and young people in Tasmania. As the first stage of a long-term plan, this investment will see nurses:
-          Working across both primary and secondary schools, liaising collaboratively with current support staff;
-          Based in schools that have need for community health assistance;
-          Deliver improved health outcomes for Tasmanian school students; and
-          Link with the teaching and learning provisions of the Australian Curriculum.
Primary School Nurses will focus on:
  • Vision and hearing checks
  • Health assessments
  • Providing advice and information to students, parents and school staff on child health, physical activity and nutrition;
  • Ongoing support for families;
  • Assisting schools with management processes for medication and consistency of care for students with medical conditions; and
  • Addressing medical issues that may be impacting learning.
Secondary School Nurses will focus on:
  • Promotion of good health and wellbeing;
  • Positive parenting for teenagers with babies;
  • Sexual health and relationships;
  • Addictions and risk behaviours;
  • Body image, physical activity and nutrition; and
  • Mental health.
School Health Nurse Roll Out
The initial rollout of 10 FTE primary and secondary school nurses have commenced working across targeted schools in Tasmania, and by 2017 there will be 20 FTE nurses employed as the program expands.
In order to implement the School Health Nurse Program within the allotted budget, schools have been identified for inclusion in the initial four year staged roll-out plan using a range of data and indicators including but not limited to: the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA); the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC); Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS); The Department of Health and Human Service’s Kids Come First data; number of enrolments; and input from internal and external stakeholders. It is recommended that at the conclusion of the first four years further funding be sought to continue service provision and broaden provision to more schools.
Stage 1 Schools (commenced in July 2015)
Northern Schools
  • Brooks High School
  • Burnie High School
  • Devonport Primary School
  • East Devonport Primary School
  • East Tamar Primary School
  • Havenview Primary School
  • Invermay Primary School
  • Latrobe Primary School
  • Miandetta Primary School
  • Montello Primary School
  • Mowbray Heights Primary School
  • Parklands High School
  • Prospect High School
  • Queechy High School
  • Ravenswood Heights
  • Ridgley Primary School
  • Riverside High School
  • Romaine Park Primary School
  • Scottsdale High School
  • Smithton High School
  • Somerset Primary School
  • Spreyton Primary School
  • Table Cape Primary School
  • Waverley Primary School
  • Wynyard High School
Southern Schools
  • Bagdad Primary School
  • Bellerive Primary School
  • Brighton Primary School
  • Clarendon Vale Primary School
  • Dodges Ferry Primary School
  • Dunalley Primary School
  • JRLF – East Derwent Primary School
  • JRLF – Gagebrook Primary School
  • JRLF – Herdsmans Cove Primary School
  • JRLF – Senior School
  • Montrose Bay High School
  • New Norfolk High School
  • Risdon Vale Primary School
  • Rokeby High School
  • Rokeby Primary School
  • Rose Bay High School
Stage 2 Schools (Commencing in July 2016)
Northern Schools
  • Beaconsfield Primary School
  • Deloraine High School
  • Devonport High School
  • Exeter High School
  • Exeter Primary School
  • Kings Meadows High School
  • Latrobe High School
  • Perth Primary School
  • Port Dalrymple School
  • Reece High School
  • South Georgetown Primary School
  • St Leonards Primary School
  • Ulverstone High School
Southern Schools
  • Austins Ferry Primary School
  • Bowen Road Primary School
  • Clarence High School
  • Cosgrove High School
  • Fairview Primary School
  • Glenorchy Primary School
  • Goodwood Primary School
  • Huonville High School


Stage 3 Schools (Commencing in January 2017)

Northern Schools
  • Deloraine Primary School
  • East Ulverstone Primary School
  • Hagley Farm Primary School,
  • Hillcrest Primary School
  • Longford Primary School
  • Nixon Street Primary School
  • Ulverstone Primary School
  • Westbury Primary School
  • West Ulverstone Primary School
  • Youngtown Primary School
Southern Schools
  • Cygnet Primary School
  • Franklin Primary School,
  • Glen Huon Primary School
  • Huonville Primary School
  • Kingston Primary School
  • Kingston High School
  • New Town High School
  • Ogilvie High School
  • Taroona High School


Stage 4 Schools (Commencing in October 2017)

$4 million over four years was recently announced in the 2017-18 State Budget to extend the School Health Nurse Program to all Government District Schools. This will deliver a further 7.7 FTE nurses at the following schools.  Positions will be advertised in July 2017.
Northern Schools
  • Campbell Town District High School
  • Cressy District High School
  • Flinders Island District High School
  • King Island District School
  • Lilydale District School
  • Mountain Heights School
  • Oatlands District High School
  • Penguin District School
  • Port Dalrymple District School
  • Rosebery District School  
  • Sheffield School
  • St Helen’s District High School
  • St Mary’s District School
  • Strahan Primary School
  • Winnaleah District High School
  • Yolla District School
  • Zeehan Primary School
Southern Schools
  • Bothwell District School
  • Bruny Island District School
  • Campania District School
  • Dover District School
  • Glenora District School
  • Ouse District School
  • Sorell School
  • Tasman District School
  • Triabunna District School
  • Woodbridge District School
Please feel free to contact your school nurse via your school administration if you have any concerns or questions regarding the health and wellbeing of your child or school community. Alternativly you can contact Anthony Millward if you have any questions about the program, Director of Nursing -
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