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
- Substance use
- 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.