New nurses for our kids down south

Apr 12, 2018

There are few things more important than the health and wellbeing of our future generation.

Now, those from Cooma and Tumut will have access to a new school nurse to help identify the needs of our kids and respond care and appropriate services. The new addition is part of a pilot scheme to put full-time nurses into schools implemented by the State Government’s Wellbeing and Health In-Reach program.

Under the Wellbeing and Health In-reach program the pilot program will be focused on improving education, health and social outcomes for young people in regional NS.

With one full-time nurse already based at Young High School, the nurse who will service Cooma and Tumut will be based at Monaro High School over the next two years, is thanks to $520,000 in funding from the Snowy Hydro Ltd.

“This generous funding from Snowy Hydro is whole-heartedly supported by the NSW Government. We want this trial to succeed so we can roll this program out to communities right across regional NSW,” local member and Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

“While the position is based at Monaro High School and will be an invaluable resource for students and their families, the role will also provide support to students in the surrounding region.”

Former nurse and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor was beaming from ear-to-ear at the announcement last week and said the partnership between the Snowy Hydro and NSW Government will help make sure children in Southern NSW will have the skillset to build a resilient future.

“Mental health and wellbeing is vital for our students to be able to reach their full potential and succeed throughout their education,” Bronnie said.

“We know that health and social issues can make it difficult for children and young people to attend school and engage within the curriculum. This plan will see essential health services as well as preventive and early intervention services made more accessible on school grounds.”

Snowy Hydro’s CEO Paul Broad said he was pleased to be a corporate partner for the pilot program.

“This initiative is closely aligned with the company’s core values of safety and wellbeing,” Mr Broad said.

“We’ve been a proud member of the Snowy Mountains community for almost 70 years. The health and wellbeing of not only our workforce but their families and wider community is important to us,” he said.

The Snowy Hydro Nurse Coordinators will form part of a NSW pilot program which includes a WHIN Coordinator in Young, Cooma and Tumut. NSW Health is investing $280,000 in total to the position in Young over the next few years.

Snowy Hydro’s funding for the two-year program is from June 2018-June 2020. The two nurses are expected to be in schools by June in this school year.