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School based Youth Health Nurse


What can the Nurse help with at Kepnock SHS ?

Hi my name is Gayle Schmidt. I am the School based Youth Health Nurse. I have worked at the school since 2008 and enjoy working at Kepnock.

My nursing role is to support young people with any issues that may impact on their health and wellbeing.

Health Issues may affect your learning and lifestyle choices during school and home in  physical, emotional and social ways.

The nurse works in partnership with the school to deliver an integrated primary health care service that promotes and supports the health and wellbeing of the school students in the following ways

       Young people can access the nurse for one to one confidential consultations within Queensland Health legislations.

       Young people can voluntarily make an appointment to see the nurse at a time that is suitable for the young person, and the nurse, or drop in during their breaks, or before school.

       The nurse will talk to the student about the confidentiality agreement and when at risk of harm to themselves or others harming them or risk of harm to others,  the information will be assessed and may be shared with their consent or without consent to the right person and/or health service to ensure the young person’s safety. 

       The nurse offers -  health assessment, brief intervention, support, health information and sometimes referral to a health service / agency as appropriate  inside the school or outside the school. 


       School Staff or parents who identify a need for a young person to access the School nurse will discuss this with the young person concerned and support the young person in making an appointment.


       However no feedback will be provided back to the parent or staff who  referred the student without the student’s consent.


The School Nurse Service supports provision of equitable access to health information and health consultations for the school and school community by including information

Newsletters                       health articles for students, families and carers, staff.

Curriculum areas              sessions about health issues in the classes

Assemblies                        relevant to their year level and health issues

Health Programs              C Card Program

Private Confidential Consultations

Consult with principal any identified emerging health issues and support collaborative planning to address identified issues

The nurse’s office is in A Block A 20 every Wednesdays, Thursdays and alternate Fridays.

This poster​​ provides information on the recommended minimum exclusion periods for infectious conditions.


Gayle Schmidt, SBYHN WBHHS

take care of yourself and your body​