Public health nurses

Public health nurses support schools to deliver the Health & Physical Education curriculum by assisting and resourcing schools in planning health programmes through:

  • providing advice and information on health related matters
  • linking schools with other agencies and encouraging schools to share ideas and resources
  • recommending appropriate professional development providers when required
  • co-facilitating some teaching sessions with the classroom teacher when the public health nurse is part of a wider programme, e.g. as a guest speaker and resource in a particular health related area
  • assisting and supporting health promotion activities.

Most schools have a designated public health nurse who visits on a regular basis.

Description

Schooling is important and children learn best when they are healthy. Public health nurses can help children, their families, whanau and teachers with:

  • heath assessments as requested by parent/care giver
  • health information
  • assistance with health concerns
  • delivery of immunisation programmes in schools
  • links/referrals to other health professionals
  • access to specialist child health services
  • self referral clinics in some schools
  • child advocacy and protection.

The public health nurse can help if you have any concerns about your child’s health and development such as:

  • allergies
  • asthma
  • mental illness
  • wetting
  • soiling
  • head lice
  • scabies
  • school sores
  • nutrition
  • speech
  • hygiene
  • skin rashes
  • turns or fits
  • puberty
  • hearing
  • eyesight.

Public health nurses are required to work in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993 and Section 125 of the Health Act.

Contact information

8am - 4.30pm Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays)

Your public health nurse can be contacted through the school office or:

  • Coromandel (07) 866 8729
  • Hamilton (07) 838 3565
  • Huntly (07) 828 8220
  • Morrinsville (07) 889 5335
  • Paeroa (07) 862 7051
  • Putaruru (07) 883 7220
  • Taumarunui (07) 896 0020
  • Te Awamutu (07) 871 5999
  • Te Kuiti (07) 878 6077
  • Thames (07) 868 0044
  • Tokoroa (07) 886 7239
  • Waihi (07) 865 9652
  • Whangamata (07) 865 9652
  • Whitianga (07) 867 1274

Referral information

Referrals to the public health nurses are usually through GPs/family doctors, other health professionals, social agencies or school staff.