School Based Youth Health Nurse
School Based Youth Health Nurses (SBYHN) work in secondary schools across Queensland, with a focus on preventative health for young people. They provide:
• a confidential health service
• health information to students, teachers and the school community
• intervention, and links to other services as required.
Confidential Student Appointments
Students can make an appointment with the nurse to discuss any questions they have about their health. These appointments are confidential, and the nurse will not share any information without the student’s consent, unless there is a significant risk to the student’s health or safety in not sharing this information with others.
In most cases, it is best for young people to talk to their parents or carer about health and wellbeing issues. The nurse can support young people to do this.
Individual health consultations may include:
• early detection of actual or potential health problems
• providing information, options or referrals regarding relevant health services to provide them with further assessment, treatment or support
• providing brief interventions and/or referrals as appropriate.
Some of the main issues for which young people access a SBYHN are mental health, including social and emotional wellbeing, relationships, stress, eating issues, sexual and reproductive health, drugs (including tobacco and alcohol) and growth and development.
Please encourage the young person in your care to contact our nurse if they require any information or support for health related issues. She is available on a Monday and Tuesday.