School Nurse

Family Services offers all Victorian families with children in primary schools the opportunity to consult with a school nurse in the child's first year at school and a referral and follow-up service is provided to children in all year levels.

This program is delivered by school nurses.  It provides parents/guardians, teachers and nurses with an opportunity to work together for the wellbeing and educational progress of children.

Services include:

A health assessment of all children in their first year of school (with parent consent) which includes:
  • information provided by a parent/guardian recorded in the health questionnaire;
  • information from the teacher where there are school concerns;
  • Testing of vision:
  • A hearing test where suspected hearing difficulties are indicated by the parent/teacher/nurse;
  • Clinical observations and examination as indicated by parent or teacher concern.

Accepting referrals from all year level teachers, parents/guardians and students where there are physical, social, emotional and learning health concerns.

Health assessment for students newly enrolled from overseas.

Follow-up of children with additional needs.

Information to help teachers understand children's health needs.

Health promotion and resource activities.

The school nurse will offer an information session to the parents/guardians of preparatory grade children to explain the health assessment and role of the school nurse.

For further information please contact:

Western Child and Family Health
71 Moreland Street
Footscray 3011
Ph: (03) 9275 7000

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