Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 2 June 2022) . . Page.. 1647 ..
(Question No 667)
Ms Castley asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 25 March 2022:
(1) How many School Youth Health Nurses are there.
(2) Does every ACT public (a) secondary school and (b) college have a School Youth Health Nurse; if so, are they full-time at the secondary school from Monday to Friday; if not, how many days are they at the secondary school.
(3) Are there any School Youth Health Nurses in primary schools; if so, can the Minister provide details.
(4) Are School Youth Health Nurses required to submit reports to the Health and/or Education Directorate about their work and the student issues they deal with; if so, can the Minister provide this information/reports for the last two years.
(5) Has the number of School Youth Health Nurses changed over the last five years; if so, can the Minister provide details.
(6) Is information kept on what the waiting time is for a student to see a School Youth Health Nurse; if so, can the Minister provide that information.
(7) Can students in Year 7, from the age of 11, make an appointment to see the nurse without their parent/carers’ consent.
(8) Can teachers request an appointment for a student with the nurse without the consent of the parents/carers.
(9) How many times will a School Youth Health Nurse see a student/child, on average.
(10) What are the five most common reasons for students to see a School Youth Health Nurse.
(11) What qualifications do School Youth Health Nurses have.
(12) Has there been a review of the School Youth Health Nurse program over the last six years; if so, can the Minister provide any report and recommendations.
Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1. The School Youth Health Nurse (SYHN) program is funded for 9.7 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Registered Nurses (RN).
2. (a) 19 Secondary schools, two days a week in each school.
(b) The SYHN program is not offered in college.
3. There is no provision for the SYHN program in Primary Schools.