Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program

The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program aims to optimise the health and wellbeing of Queensland children during their transition to primary school, with a key focus on vision screening for prep students. This program is a state-wide initiative and offers free vision screening to prep students in state, catholic and independent schools.

Registered nurses based in communities across Queensland work with the support of Children’s Health Queensland to deliver the screening service and capture important data about the health of Queensland children.

Vision screening is vital in early childhood, particularly for conditions such as amblyopia, or a ‘lazy eye’ which, if not detected and treated early, can lead to blindness. Vision loss can result in children struggling at school and having poor learning outcomes and can also lead to behavioural issues and difficulty with concentration. The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program provides the opportunity for visual abnormalities to be detected early and, in turn, minimise the impact on a child’s learning.

The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program uses two non-invasive screening tools to test for common conditions which may impact a child’s vision. These screening tools are:

  • PARR 4m Letter Matching Visual Acuity Test
  • Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener (an automated screening device).

If visual abnormalities are found during a child’s screening tests they will be referred to an eye health professional for further assessment. The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program will follow-up with parents/guardians to discuss the outcome of this further assessment.

Fact sheets

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In the news

22 February 2020, Nine News Queensland.

Contact us

The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program
Logan Central Community Health Centre
97-103 Wembley Rd, Logan Central QLD 4114

t: 1800 687 372

Useful websites

Vision Australia
Vision 2020 Australia
Spectacle Supply Scheme
Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program