School Based Health Services nurses deliver Year 9 HEEADSSS (Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety) assessments and a range of health services to students in low decile secondary schools.
As part of the Youth Mental Health Project, the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards and school nurses have been working to improve the quality of School Based Health Services. A quality improvement framework for School Based Health Services was published in 2013.
Nurses from around New Zealand have shared their stories of quality improvement initiatives in School Based Health Services. These case studies provide ideas for nurses, schools, district health boards and others to improve students’ health.
The seven School Based Health Service Quality Improvement Case studies are:
- Improving youth participation: Seeking feedback through surveys
- Improving accessibility: training alternative education students to access primary health care
- Working in partnership with the community to tackle student hunger at Linwood College
- Training staff to work with you through student placements
- Developing a whānau-centric model of care in Waikato wharekura
- Supporting quality holistic care: Te Kahu Whītiki Kura at Lytton High School
- The Chronic Care Kids project: Better care for young people with chronic conditions at Papatoetoe High School