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Support services for student health and wellbeing

The department offers support services for student health and wellbeing.

Smart choices
School-based Youth Health Nurse Program
State Schools Registered Nurses
Guidance and counselling services
Chaplaincy/student welfare services
Community education counsellors
Youth Support Coordinators Initiative
School-based Policing Program
Queensland Health Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services
Queensland Health School Immunisation Program
Queensland Health's Primary School Health Nurse Readiness Program- Vision Screening

Smart Choices

Smart Choices is all about offering healthy food and drink choices to students in Queensland state schools, and applies to all situations where food and drinks are supplied in the school environment.

School-based Youth Health Nurse Program

The Department of Health funds the School Based Youth Health Nurse (SBYHN) program, which operates in state secondary schools across Queensland, including Schools of Distance Education. The program, which focuses on whole of school preventative health and health promotion, is coordinated locally through the Hospital and Health Services External Link.

State Schools Registered Nurses

The Department of Education provides a nursing service to state schools to support reasonable adjustments for students with specialised health needs to attend and engage in education. Nursing services may include support with risk assessment, development of individual (daily routine) and/or emergency school health plans, provision of training in managing student health needs and performing health procedures, supervision and ongoing support (including refresher training) as required.

Guidance and counselling services

The department's focus on creating opportunities for every learner to be successful is supported through the provision of a comprehensive guidance and counselling service provided directly to students and their families in all primary, secondary and special schools and other departmental facilities across the state by guidance officers.

Chaplaincy/student welfare services

Chaplaincy/student welfare services are optional and provide students and staff with social, emotional and spiritual support, provide an additional adult role model in the school and enhance engagement with the broader community including parents.

The Chaplaincy and student welfare services policy statement and supporting documents provide assistance for schools implementing a chaplaincy/student welfare service (paid or voluntary).

Community education counsellors

Counsellors work closely with guidance officers and their local communities, and provide a significant service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. More than 100 community education counsellors are located generally in schools with significant numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as in clusters of schools throughout the state.

District community education counsellors advocate on behalf of students where a community education counsellor is not available. Parents can contact the school or local district office for further information.

Youth Support Coordinator Initiative

The Department of Education is committed to supporting young people to engage in education or training in order to enhance opportunities for further education and sustainable employment.

The purpose of the Youth Support Coordinator Initiative (YSCI) is to support retention and attainment of young people in Years 10 to 12 who have disengaged, or who are at risk of disengaging from education. The initiative enhances opportunities for further education and sustainable future employment.

Further information about the YSCI is available in these documents:

YSCI program guidelines Microsoft® Word document469K

YSC role fact sheet Microsoft® Word document143K

YSCI student information document and consent form Adobe PDF document118K

For further information contact the Regional Youth Support Coordinator Microsoft® Word document120K in your region.

If a school decides to access the services of an Accredited Employing Authority (AEA) for the provision of a YSC, further information is available from the List of Youth Support Coordinator AEAs Microsoft® Word document138K.

School-based Policing Program

School-based police officers provide a service in a number of state secondary schools and help to provide a safe and supportive learning environment.

Queensland Health Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services

Queensland Health offers free oral health care services to all Queensland resident children through Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services (previously referred to as the School Dental Program).

For details regarding eligibility, the services provided and their locations, refer to Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services online.

Queensland Health School Immunisation Program

Queensland Health offers a free school-based immunisation program to provide parents with the opportunity to have their children vaccinated against certain diseases. The program is offered to children of secondary school age in state and non-state schools.

For further details, visit Queensland Health's School Immunisation Program External Link website.

Queensland Health's Primary School Health Nurse Readiness Program- Vision Screening

Queensland Health offers a free vision screening program to all Prep-aged students to assist with school readiness and to detect vision issues which may impact student learning.

Queensland Health is inviting all state schools with a Prep year to participate in the vision screening program.

Parental consent for a child to partake in the screening is required.

For further details, visit the Children's Health Queensland External Link website.

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