20 September 2019

Queensland’s school-based youth health nurses are this week celebrating 20 years of helping young people live healthier and learn better.

More than 120 school-based nurses from across the state will mark this milestone at their biennial conference at the Queensland Children’s Hospital this week.

The School-Based Youth Health Nurse service, provided in partnership with Education Queensland, began with 100 nurses in 1998 as a two-year trial and now has 160 nurses working in state secondary schools across the state.

School-based youth health nurses work in state high schools across every hospital and health service providing confidential advice on contemporary health issues such as healthy eating, growth and development, physical activity, mental and sexual health, smoking, alcohol and drugs, and personal and family problems.

Children’s Health Queensland’s school-based youth health nurses cover 75 state secondary schools from Kilcoy to Bribie Island in the north, south to Beaudesert, east to the Moreton Islands and west to Brookfield and last year delivered more than 6,800 face-to-face sessions and provided health education and promotion to some 238,000 students.

Read the full media release.