The School-Based Public Health Nurse program is a partnership between the Perth District Health Unit and Avon Maitland District School Board.

School-Based Public Health Nurses:

  • provide supportive counselling in a safe, accepting, non-judgmental environment
  • advocate for students
  • provide information and education
  • strengthen communication between school and home
  • link students and their families to other community services
  • support healthy school activities.

School-Based Public Health Nurses work with school staff, parents, guardians and students to address physical, social and mental health concerns, such as:

  • Stress and coping
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Substance use
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • Family challenges

School staff, parents, guardians and students can make a referral to the program. Most students aged 12 and over can consent to services themselves.

School-Based Public Health Nurses have regularly scheduled hours at their assigned schools. This varies from school to school. The program is not offered at all schools.