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The School Based Youth Health Nurse at The Gap State High School is Melanie Hilder. Melanie is at The Gap State High School on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Students can talk to Melanie about a range of health and well- being issues such

·         healthy eating and physical activity
·         feeling unhappy, anxious and/or stressed
·         relationships and sexual health
·         personal and family problems
·         support for students with medical problems
·         provide information on external health services
 
Students can make an appointment with the nurse for a consultation.  Student consultations with the nurse are confidential except in circumstances where the student’s safety is at risk. To book an appointment you can book through administration or present to the nurse's office on Wednesdays and Thursdays in A Block.
 
Melanie can also liaise with parents and assist in providing parents with health information or how to access health services. The nurse's office is located in A block (next to the guidance officers) or you can contact Melanie on 3511 3867.
 
The purpose of the school based youth health nurse (established in Queensland in 1998) is to promote the health and wellbeing of the school through the health promoting schools initiative.
 
As the school nurse is not employed in a clinical capacity they do not provide treatments e.g.: medications, injections, first-aid, physical examinations, ongoing counselling for psychological or educational problems.
 
The school nurse welcomes all health/wellness related queries and the opportunity to interact with students, staff and families in the classroom, group setting or on an individual basis. Referrals of students, parents or staff can be written or verbal and can be made by individuals or by others.