Youth Health

There are 2 focuses within Adolescent Health Services in Secondary Schools Project : Secondary Schools and Alternative Education/Teen Parent School

The purpose of the project is to enhance youth well-being by:

  • enabling young people currently within the secondary school system to understand health related issues in a holistic sense and to increase their understanding of services available and how to access these services
  • ensuring the health focus and health-related services available in schools are continually developed to improve access and availability of services for young people
  • supporting and developing the linkages between education and health through developing integrated school health teams and facilitating specific projects which improve health outcomes for young people
  • developing processes to ensure health-related services delivered in the school environment are well co-ordinated, seamless and youth friendly

Schools currently involved in the project:

  • Kamo High School
  • Tikipunga High School
  • Bream Bay College
  • Mangakahia Area School
  •  Alternative Education Groups / He Mataariki (Teen Parent School)
  • Whangarei Girls High School
  • Whangarei Boys High School
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Rawhiti Roa
  • Tauraroa Area School
  • Pompallier Catholic College
     
    Key Activities in the Secondary Schools Focus:
     
    Monthly school health team meetings occur in the majority of participating secondary schools – membership includes school counselors, Family Planning, PHN, Te Roopu Kimiora, Rubicon, student reps, iwi providers and invited guests. Emerging health issues are identified and plans are made to address specific issues. Some examples of work undertaken to address identified issues have included: involvement of schools in smokefree events and activities, healthy eating in canteens, chlamydia awareness raising, schools involved in the ‘Is It Worth It?’ campaign, students promoting healthy messages, mental health clinic established in one school
     
    As the project co-ordinator I am involved in or actively led a number of initiatives within schools, some of which include:
  • development of a pamphlet that explains the scope of the role and project
  • support and mentorship for the AE/HM primary nursing position  ~ collaborative planning to present the AE/HM service at the ‘Involve’ conference in July has been a highlight.
  • active involvement in the ‘Is It Worth It’ project to raise awareness with adults about providing alcohol to under-age young people
  • supporting smoke free initiatives in schools  
  • ensuring medical coverage is maintained in those schools where services provided by youth health doctors have been developed (4 schools) and supporting the proposed development of medical clinics in two other schools (Five doctors provide these services in the schools).
  • facilitating the extension of sexual health counselling services into two additional secondary schools –
  • a key area of focus has been to encourage and support student participation and involvement in the health team meetings and projects. To further consolidate this approach, a leadership day is held at the beginning of each new year.