Public Health

Public Health Nurse Taupo

Who are we?

Public Health Nurses are registered nurses who work with children, young people and their families/whanau to promote health and provide support to enhance well-being.

What we offer?

  • Assessments of health concerns for school aged children as requested by parent/caregiver.
  • Assistance with health and development.

  • Support children, young people and their families to navigate through health care, social agencies and services.

  • Facilitate access and link/refer families to other health professionals & services.

  • Work with families, teachers and schools to ensure children are healthy and ready to learn.

  • Provide health information and advice.

  • Organise and deliver immunisation programmes in schools.

  • Child advocacy.

How to contact us:

Your Public Health Nurse can be contacted through the school office or:

Rotorua Office 8.00am - 4.30pm Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays) Phone: 07 343 7747 or internal on extn 7747

Taupo Office 8am - 4.30pm Monday – Thursday (excluding public holidays) Phone: 07 376 1012 or internal on extn 8512

If you have any queries regarding the Public Health Nursing Service please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager, Sharon Andrews, on (07) 349-7955 extn 8489

School Based Immunisation Programme

School Based Immunisation Programme In the Lakes District Health Board region the school based immunisation programme is delivered by the Public Health Nurses. For 2013, our school based programme again included; · Boostrix Vaccine - Year 7 Immunisation is given in one injection for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough (Pertussis) · Gardasil Vaccine - Year 8 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunisation is three injections delivered throughout the school year. For more information; · Visit the cervical cancer vaccine website · Freephone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) · Speak to a Public Health Nurse, your Doctor or Practice Nurse. November 2013 - We have now finished delivering the main school based programme however our nursing team are working to catch-up any children who may have been absent from school on the day the immunisations were held.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Vision & Hearing Screening Vision and Hearing Technicians are screeners who deliver a national screening service in preschools, early education centre’s, community clinics and client homes. Vision and Hearing Technicians undertake: · Vision hearing screening on 4 year olds as part of the B4 school check. · Vision screening to all year 7 students and color vision to year 7 boys. · Follow-up screening and referrals to optometrists, ophthalmology, Audiology and the Ear Nurse Specialist. Vision and hearing checks can be provided to other school aged children however if there are concerns about their hearing and/or vision then screening by a specialist is recommended as they have more comprehensive screening equipment.