Nurse back in local schools

Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy NSW Premier and Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor announced on Monday a plan to bring nurses back into Young schools.

Local principals around Young have been advocating and working hard to get a similar program up and running and are pleased with the announcement.

Nurses from Young Hospital are also pleased with the help the new nurse will bring.

Ms Taylor said the state-first school health pilot program is designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of primary and high school students in Young.

The NSW Government will employ a dedicated Wellbeing and Health In-reach Nurse to address physical and mental health care support for students.

The trial pilot program will be run over a two-years.

“Mental health and wellbeing is vital for our students to be able to reach their full potential and succeed throughout their education,” Ms Taylor said. 

“It is crucial that we continue to invest in the mental health and wellbeing of regional students and ensure we protect the most vulnerable students in our classrooms.” 

NSW Health will work with the NSW Department of Education to trial the program at Young High School which will also service students from Young Public School and Young North Public School.   

The Wellbeing and Health In-reach Nurse Coordinator will spend most of their time at a Wellbeing Hub based at the high school with the MLHD also using the Hub to provide some of their existing services.

Services that will be available through the Wellbeing Hub include:

  • counselling services,
  • child and adolescent mental health services,
  • drug and alcohol services,
  • sexual health services and
  • allied health services, including dietetics and speech therapy.
LOCAL SCHOOLS HAPPY: Bronnie Taylor announced a pilot program to trial nurses in Young schools from next year. Photo: Rebecca Hewson.

LOCAL SCHOOLS HAPPY: Bronnie Taylor announced a pilot program to trial nurses in Young schools from next year. Photo: Rebecca Hewson.