What Does Your School Based Youth Health Nurse Do?
The School Youth Health Nurse (SBYHN) works with students, school staff and parents to address concerns or problems about health and wellbeing, create a more supportive, healthy school environment (healthy promoting school framework), connect young people and/or families to community support services inside and outside the school.
The SBYHN can see young people in private to talk about:
- Growth and development
- Personal and family issues
- Alcohol and drug concerns
- Sexual health
- Mental health
The SBYHN are a qualified registered nurse employed by Queensland Health and work in partnership with Education Queensland. The SBYHN provides a confidential service to young people. The SBYHN will not share the disclosed information during the consultation with others, unless consent is given by the young person.
However, if the young person is at risk of being hurt or hurting someone else, the SBYHN may need to discuss this information with another service or agency. The SBYHN will always explain the reasons why and talk with the young person about this first.
In most cases, it is best for young person to talk to their parents about any problems and concerns they have as well.
Getting The Best Help You Need
The SBYHN is available to talk to young people who are an enrolled student at Miami State High School.
Some problems may be better dealt with by other professionals in the school community. If the young person agrees the SBYHN can work with other support staff in the school, or health professionals in the community to help with their problems.
At times it may be best for the young person to see another professional for further assistance, eg:
As a general rule, the SBYHN does not provide:
- treatment eg, medications, injections, first-aid
- physical examinations
- ongoing counselling for psychological or educational problems
Working with students, staff and parents for healthier, more supportive school. Apart from seeing people on an individual basis, the School Based Youth Health Nurse works with the school community to identify and act on issues that may affect the health of students and the school community as a whole. This includes delivering health promotion to all year cohorts, supporting the development of an environment and school culture that supports health and wellbeing and working with community and other services.
Who Is The School Based Youth Health Nurse At Miami State High?
Your SBYHN is Richelle Mitchell.
You can make an appointment with Richelle on every 2nd Wednesday and every Thursday. Richelle is located in G block in the engiene room. Appointments can be made in class time or during break times.
text your first name, date of birth, school to 0428 683 735.