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School Health Nurse Program – The Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC Visit

Last Friday the Department of Education hosted The Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC’s (Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Premier Southern NSW) and two advisers from the NSW Government who were looking at the school health nurse model. The Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC and her team visited two schools, Kings Meadows High School and Perth Primary School, exploring both the primary school health nurse model and the secondary school health nurse model.

At Kings Meadow High School Mrs Taylor became involved in the school Drumbeat program conducted by school nurse David Mackay and was also present for the launch of the Respectful Relationships Education Package by our own Minister The Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP.

Drumbeat is an evidence based program that incorporates hand drumming, behavioural therapeutic principles and cognitive and dialectical elements to achieve positive outcomes. It provides participants with the social and emotional skills for healthy relationships and values. This process of re-connection with self and interconnection with others enables profound social and behavioural change.

After the Drumbeat session The Hon Bronnie Taylor spoke with David about the important work he has been doing in the schools, the health education programs and how these link in to the curriculum. The Hon Bronnie Taylor found out that the programs conducted in the school nurse program correlate with the findings of current reports from The Commissioner for Children and Mission Australia targeting the needs of the children and youth of Tasmania.

After lunch The Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC met with our own Minister The Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP at Perth Primary School and along with the school nurse Mrs Juanita Du Vergier discussed the primary school health nurse model and how important the school health nurse program is to Tasmanian students.

Juanita demonstrated a Hearing and vision assessment and developmental screen with one of the Perth students and then delivered a respectful relationships session with the grade 5/6 students.

The Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC NSW had a fantastic visit to Tasmania stating “I am absolutely in awe of the work that you are doing in Tasmania. The school nurse program is a great initiative, with great results and innovative thinking!”